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The Risk-taking Channel in Colombia Revisited

Martha López (), Fernando Tenjo () and Hector Zarate-Solano

Revista ESPE - Ensayos sobre Política Económica, 2012, vol. 30, issue 68, No 68, 276-295

Abstract: Levels of interest rates below historical norms may have enhanced financial instability in both developed and in developing economies during the 2000´s. The risk-taking channel of monetary transmission policy is a recent theory that explains the interaction between risk perceptions of the financial system and monetary policy. This paper presents empirical evidence of the risk-taking channel of monetary policy using detailed information on consumer and commercial loans from the Colombian banking system. Using probit and duration models, we find that the banking system takes on more risk when the level of interest rates are too low. We also find that the response to interest rates is higher in the case of commercial loans.

Keywords: Monetary policy; lending standards; risk taking; duration analysis; probit models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 G21 L14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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