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Financial Intermediaries and Monetary Economics

Tobias Adrian () and Hyun Song Shin

Chapter 12 in Handbook of Monetary Economics, 2010, vol. 3, pp 601-650 from Elsevier

Abstract: We reconsider the role of financial intermediaries in monetary economics, and explore the hypothesis that the financial intermediary sector is the engine that drives the financial cycle through fluctuations in the price of risk. In this framework, balance sheet quantities emerge as a key indicator of risk appetite and, hence, for the "risk-taking channel" of monetary policy. We document evidence that balance sheets of financial intermediaries provide a window on the transmission of monetary policy through capital market conditions. Short-term interest rates are found to be important in influencing the size of financial intermediary balance sheets. Our findings suggest that the traditional focus on the money stock for the conduct of monetary policy may have more modern counterparts, and suggest the importance of tracking balance sheet quantities.

Keywords: Monetary Economics; Financial Intermediation; Risk Taking Channel; Bank Lending Channel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-444-53470-5
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