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What Do Data Say About Monetary Policy, Bank Liquidity and Bank Risk Taking?

Marcella Lucchetta ()

Economic Notes, 2007, vol. 36, issue 2, 189-203

Abstract: This paper tests empirically the linkage between banks' investment and interbank lending decisions in response to interest rate changes. We draw conclusions for the monetary policy, which uses the interest rate as its main tool. Across European countries we find that the risk-free (i.e. monetary policy) interest rate negatively affects the liquidity retained by banks and the decision of a bank to be a lender in the interbank market. Instead, the interbank interest rate has a positive impact on these decisions. We also find that banks who lend show less risk-taking behaviour and tend to be smaller than those who are borrowers. Most importantly, the risk-free interest rate is positively correlated with loans investment and bank risk-taking behaviour. Copyright 2007 The Author Journal compilation 2007 Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA

Date: 2007
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