Inflation Volatility Effects on the Allocation of Bank Loans

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This paper examines the distortionary effects of inflation volatility on the allocation of bank loans. We argue that inflation volatility would render bank managers to behave more conservatively in issuing new loans. In contrast, when inflation volatility is low, bank managers would have the latitude to lend more idiosyncratically. Using a large panel of commercial bank data gathered from 15 countries, we provide support for our hypothesis by demonstrating a strong negative relation between inflation volatility and the dispersion of loans-to-assets ratio. Similar results are obtained when we split the sample between EU and non-EU country groups. The robustness of our findings is confirmed by a battery of sensitivity checks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Financial Stability
Early online date28 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Bank loans
  • inflation volatility
  • cross-sectional dispersion
  • international panel data


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