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Tracing Out Capital Flows: How Financially Integrated Banks Respond to Natural Disasters


Abstract: Multi-market banks reallocate capital when local credit demand increases after natural disasters. Following such events, credit in unaffected but connected markets declines by about 50 cents per dollar of additional lending in shocked areas, but most of the decline comes from loans in areas where banks do not own branches. Moreover, banks increase sales of more-liquid loans in order to lessen the impact of the demand shock on credit supply. Larger, multi-market banks appear better able than smaller ones to shield credit supplied to their core markets (those with branches) by aggressively cutting back lending outside those markets.

Keywords: Financial Integration; Branch Banking; Securitization;

JEL Classification: G20; G21;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Working Papers (Old Series)

Publication Date: 2015-10-01

Number: 1412

Pages: 38 pages