Procyclicality of Bank Lending and Provisioning Behavior
|Author:||Mgr. Jan Svoboda|
|Year:||2015 - winter|
|Work type:|| Finance, Financial Markets and Banking
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|Abstract:||The aim of this paper is to investigate the procyclical behavior of banks in terms of lending and loan loss
provisioning, and its dynamics with regard to the adoption of the Basel II capital regulation. Using bank-level
and country-level panel data spanning from 1996 to 2013 we answer this question for the OECD and BRIC
countries. We find a positive effect of bank capitalization on loans growth, which, perhaps due to the recent
financial crisis, weakened after 2008. Together with evidence of income smoothing and capital management we
also find strong cyclical behavior of banks in terms of loan loss provisioning. At the same time, we do not find
any robust changes to this behavior after the introduction of the Basel II capital regulation. We fill a gap in the
empirical literature as there has been hardly any research done on changes brought forward by the adoption of
the Basel II capital regulation. The results may be therefore of interest for regulators and other professionals.
Moreover, we use in our analysis data for BRIC countries, which have been often neglected.