The interaction between monetary and macroprudential policy: Should central banks 'lean against the wind' to foster macro-financial stability?
Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 2018, vol. 12, No 2018-7, 69 pages
The extensive harm caused by the financial crisis raises the question of whether policy- makers could have done more to prevent the build-up of financial imbalances. This paper aims to contribute to the field of regulatory impact assessment by taking up the revived debate on whether central banks should use the interest rate to directly respond to the build-up of financial sector imbalances, i.e. 'lean against the wind' or not. Currently, there is no consensus on whether monetary policy is, in general, able to support the resilience of the financial system or if this task should better be left to the macroprudential approach of financial regulation. The author aims to shed light on this issue by analyzing distinct policy regimes within an agent-based computational macro-model with endogenous money. He finds that policies that make use of their comparative advantage lead to superior outcomes concerning their respective intended objectives. In particular, he shows that 'leaning against the wind' should only serve as first line of defense in the absence of a prudential regulatory regime and that price stability does not necessarily mean financial stability. Moreover, macroprudential regulation as unburdened policy instrument is able to dampen the build-up of financial imbalances by restricting credit to the unsustainable high-leveraged part of the real economy.
Keywords: financial stability; monetary economics; macroprudential policy; financial regulation; central banking; agent-based macroeconomics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 E50 G01 G28 C63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:zbw:ifweej:20187
Access Statistics for this article
Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal is currently edited by Dennis J. Snower
More articles in Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ().