Financial intermediation and credit policy in business cycle analysis

Mark Gertler, Nobuhiro Kiyotaki

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We develop a canonical framework to think about credit market frictions and aggregate economic activity in the context of the current crisis. We use the framework to address two issues in particular: first, how disruptions in financial intermediation can induce a crisis that affects real activity; and second, how various credit market interventions by the central bank and the Treasury of the type we have seen recently, might work to mitigate the crisis. We make use of earlier literature to develop our framework and characterize how very recent literature is incorporating insights from the crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-599
Number of pages53
JournalHandbook of Monetary Economics
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


  • Asset Prices
  • Credit Policy
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Moral Hazard
  • Net Worth
  • Spreads


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