A Model of the Commercial Loan Rate


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This paper explores the theoretical and empirical determinants of the commercial loan rate charged by commercial banks based on a model of financial intermediary behavior which assumes monopolistic competition in asset and liability markets. The model incorporates the constraint that banks must maintain at least a minimum quantity of bonds in asset portfolios. Equations are estimated on a time series basis to explain the behavior of commercial loan rates over the period 1953 to 1980. The evidence appears consistent with the hypothesis that commercial banks operate in a market characterized by imperfect competition and that they explicitly set loan rates. 1983 The American Finance Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1583-1596
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Finance
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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    SLOVIN, MYRON. B., & SUSHKA, MARIE. ELIZABETH. (1983). A Model of the Commercial Loan Rate. The Journal of Finance, 38(5), 1583-1596. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6261.1983.tb03842.x