Economic and Financial Review


Central Bank of Nigeria


Monetary Policy Transmission, Lending Channel, Vector Autoregression


This paper has evaluated the nature of the lending channel of monetary policy transmission mechanism. The major prediction of the approach is that a monetary tightening through increase in the policy interest rate will lead to a decline in the quantity of loans granted by commercial banks. Nigerian data from 1970 to 2003 have been utilized to ascertain the correctness of this hypothesis, using the vector autoregressive methodology. The results show that increases in the Treasury bill rate lead to a contemporaneous rise in the price of loans and a fall (with a lag)in the quantity of loans. Both affirm the existence of the lending channel medium for monetary policy transmission in Nigeria.

Publication Title

CBN Economic and Financial Review





Recommended Citation

Mbotor M. O. (2007). The Lending Channel of Monetary Policy Transmission in Nigeria: Vector Autoregressive (VAR) Verification. CBN Economic and Financial Review, 45(1), 57-77.

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