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Bank interest rate pass-through: new evidence from French individual data. (in French)
Anne Barbier de la Serre, Sébastien Frappa, Jérémi Montornès and Michèle Murez
The present paper investigates the pass-through mechanism between market interest rates and bank interest rates using a panel of French banks based on new ESCB harmonised bank interest rate statistics (MIR: Monetary Interest Rates). The data are extracted from new individual contracts on a monthly basis for the three main segments of the credit market (consumers loans, mortgage loans and loans to non-financial firms) from January 2003 to July 2007.
The pass-through is estimated using two approaches: firstly a univariate approach for each bank and secondly a panel data approach. An evaluation of the adjustment lag at which market rates are passed through to retail bank rates is also carried out. Our results confirm an incomplete adjustment of bank rates to changes in market rates in the long-term for loans to non-financial firms and mortgage loans. In addition, our findings suggest significant heterogeneity in the pricing of loans depending on the type of credit, the size and the legal category of banks.
Classification JEL : G21, C22, C23.
Keywords : Transmission Mechanism of Monetary Policy, Non-stationary Panel Data, Cross-section Dependance