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Two channels that can lead to a credit crunch

• lending channel: negative shock to the balance sheet of the lender —> lender lends less
• balance sheet channel: negative shock to the balance sheet of the borrower –> reduces his borrowing capacity

Diagrams (Y-axis interest rate, X-axis credit amount)
LC: supply shifts left
BSC: demand shifts left


Policy implications of the two lending channels

balance-sheet channel: repair the balance-sheet of the borrowers
—> tax cuts, subsidies, helicopter money (=creating new money)

Lending channel: repair the balance sheet of the lenders
—> bailouts, liquidity facilities


Definition: syndicated loan

large loan, that involves several lenders.
1 main lender, that searches for other lenders to participate


Compare investments of borrowers from healthy banks to investments of borrowers from unhealthy banks.
What problem may occur?

• borrowers may have access to other sources of finance
• this is easier for borrowers with:
a) good credit rating (reduces problems at asymmetric information)
b) large firms (better access to bond market)


Correlation btw. bank health and lending to a particular borrower? problems?

• it could be that unhealthy banks specialize in a certain type of firms, that were more negatively affected by the crisis and thus had to reduce their investments more
—> this positive correlation shows more the presence of a balance-sheet channel, not a lending channel

• Solution: check wether firm’s health differ depending on the health of the bank they are matched with

• the reason firms are investing less has nothing to with their banks health –> balance sheet channel

• Solution: check exposure of a bank to Lehman Brother, or to the subprime mortgage market
—> then: change in bank health not related to balance sheet of the borrowers


Consumer wealth —> consumption

what possible channels?

relationship btw. consumption and wealth expected to be positive

• direct wealth effect: you consume more bc. you are wealthier
• indirect wealth effect: a change in consumption affects the wealth of other people
• borrowing capacity: the lower your wealth, the less you are able to borrow and thus consume


Problems / solution when checking the correlation btw. consumer wealth and consumption

• change in own wealth and therefor consumption also affects the wealth of other people
• changes in housing wealth can be measured by changes in house prices regarding the elasticity of housing supply. The elasticity is driven by geographical factors —> changes in wealth (house prices) unrelated to changes in consumption


Marginal prospensity to consume for:
automobiles, durables, groceries

MPC is largest for cars, then durables, then groceries.

MPC = change in consumption per change of income


check the relationship btw. income and consumption depending on the wage level

check with lagged wealth (past wealth)
—> negative coefficient —> poorer hh. reduce their consumption more when their wealth decreases


MPC wealth change

implications for a recession

MPC is higher for poorer hh.
recessions, in which the wealth of poorer hh. is more affected will be severe, bc. of a larger decline in aggregate demand


MPC leverage

More leverage hh. have a higher MPC.
High leverage —> more credit constrained
increase in wealth –> consume


house prices decreases —> hh. cuts spending

lower house price —> look less financially healthy
—> less ability to borrow


2 channels for increases in mortgage debts and house prices

• supply credit shock: lenders are willing to take more risk, innovation in financial intermediation, they expect house prices to keep increasing

• credit demand shock: borrowers have higher income


mortgage debt / income change from 2001 to 2005

ratio increased, suggesting that banks were willing to take more risk


Information about:
• mortgage applications
• mortgage debt
• house prices

—> identify supply shock to explain mortgage credit expansion

• use denial rates (from before the shock) to describe unfulfilled demand
• compare changes in mortgage debt and house prices to change in denial rates
—> positive supply shock implies that mortgages and house prices increased more in areas with larger unfulfilled demand


When did mortgage default rates start to increase more than other types of debts?



Correlation btw. income growth and mortgage origination from 1990 to 2005

• Positive from 1990 to 2001 and negative afterwards
• Normally: higher income —> larger demand for housing
—> larger mortgage debt
• but: from 2001 to 2005, mortgage debt was higher in areas with lower income, consistent with an expansion in subprime mortgages


2001 - 2005 was after a crisis. This was followed by monetary policy.
Could the subprime mortgage expansion be the result of a lower interest rate, which especially affected the demand for mortgages of the poorer hh.?

Compare with the 1990-94 period (= past-crisis period with low interest rates):
• Did mortgage debt increase more in areas with higher initial denial rates?
—> Yes? the lower interest rate played a role.
—> No? The demand-based explanation is not valid.

Data 1990: High denial rates were followed by slow mortgage debt growth!
—> opposite to 2001


How to check the supply expansion of mortgage debt

supply factor:
• financial innovations, especially securitization
—> made it easier to issue mortgages (could be resold —> diversification)

—> Check: Was securitization activity more intense in areas with initially latent (noch nicht sichtbar) demand?