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The Federal Reserve’s Discount Window and TAF Programs

Berger, Allen N. and Black, Lamont K and Bouwman, Christa H. S. and Dlugosz, Jennifer, The Federal Reserve’s Discount Window and TAF Programs: ‘Pushing on a String?’ (April 25, 2014). Available at SSRN:

“The Federal Reserve injected unprecedented liquidity into banks during the crisis using the discount window and Term Auction Facility. We examine these facilities’ use and effectiveness. We find: small bank users were generally weak, large bank users were not; the funds substituted to a limited degree for other funds; these facilities increased aggregate lending which would have decreased in their absence. The funds enhanced lending of expanding banks and reduced the decline at contracting banks. Small banks increased small-firm lending, while large banks enhanced large-firm lending. Loan quality only improved at small banks, while both left loan contract terms unchanged.”



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