A1 - Kevin E. Beaubrun-Diant
A1 - Fabien Tripier
TI - Search Frictions, Credit Market Liquidity, and Net Interest Margin Cyclicality
IS - 2013-41
T3 - Working Papers
KW - Search Friction
KW - Matching Model
KW - Nash Bargaining
KW - Bank Interest Margin
N2 - The present paper contributes to the body of knowledge on search frictions in credit markets by demonstrating their ability to explain why the net interest margins of banks behave countercyclically. During periods of expansion, a fall in the net interest margin proceeds from two mechanisms: (i) lenders accept that they must finance entrepreneurs that have lower productivity and (ii) the liquidity of the credit market rises, which simplifies access to loans for entrepreneurs and thereby reinforces their threat point when bargaining the interest rate of the loan.
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