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Interest Rate Transmission to Commercial Credit Rates in Austria

Johann Burgstaller ()

No 2003-06, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: The transmission process from policy-controlled interest rates to bank lending rates deserves reconsideration owing to the implementation of the European Monetary Union (EMU) in 1999. Additional attention to the subject in Austria is due to several large banks which, in 2002, have been charged for not passing on interest rate decreases to their customers. I examine dynamic responses of commercial credit rates to changes in key policy rates and money market rates. Using Austrian data from 1995 to 2002, I show that strength and speed of interest rate transmission depend on whether rates go up or down. With the EMU, asymmetry in interest rate transmission partly declined. The speed of transmission and the relative importance of policy and money market rates for commercial credit rates also were affected.

Keywords: Monetary policy transmission; interest rate pass-through; bank lending rates for commercial credit; European Monetary Union; impulse-response analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E52 G21 G30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-eec, nep-fin, nep-ifn, nep-mac and nep-rmg
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