UCL Department of Economics


Macro Seminar - Helene Rey (LBS)

29 March 2023, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

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Granular Credit Risk

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Alan Olivi

Abstract: What is the impact of granular credit risk on banks and on the economy? We provide the first causal identification of single-name counterparty exposure risk in bank portfolios by applying a new empirical approach on an administrative matched bank-firm dataset from Norway. Exploiting the fat tail properties of the loan share distribution we use a Gabaix and Koijen (2022a,b) granular instrumental variable strategy to show that idiosyncratic borrower risk survives aggregation in banks’ portfolios. We also find that this granular credit risk spills over from affected banks to firms, decreases investment, and increases the probability of default of non-granular borrowers, thereby sizeably affecting the macroeconomy.

Location: 321 Drayton House

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