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Interest Rate Pass-Through In The Common Monetary Area Of The Sacu Countries

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  • Harald Sander
  • Stefanie Kleimeier

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We investigate the interest rate pass-through in the four Common Monetary Area (CMA) countries of the South African Customs Union (SACU). We employ an empirical pass-through model that allows for thresholds, asymmetric adjustment, and structural changes. We show that CMA bank lending markets exhibit quite some degree of homogenization as the pass-through is often fast and complete. Deposit markets are somewhat more heterogeneous by showing differing degrees of interest rate stickiness and asymmetric adjustment. Policy makers should therefore be concerned about imperfect competition which may be at the heart of the remaining cross-country differences in monetary transmission in the CMA. Copyright (c) 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2006 Economic Society of South Africa.

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Article provided by Economic Society of South Africa in its journal South African Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 74 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 215-229

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Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:74:y:2006:i:2:p:215-229

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  1. Haughton, Andre Yone & Iglesias, Emma M., 2012. "Interest rate volatility, asymmetric interest rate pass through and the monetary transmission mechanism in the Caribbean compared to US and Asia," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 2071-2089.
  2. Paraschiv, Florentina, 2012. "Adjustment Policy of Deposit Rates in the Case of Swiss non-Maturing Savings Accounts," Working Papers on Finance 1219, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
  3. Karagiannis, Stelios & Panagopoulos, Yannis & Vlamis, Prodromos, 2010. "Interest rate pass-through in Europe and the US: Monetary policy after the financial crisis," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 323-338, May.
  4. Anna Sznajderska, 2012. "On the empirical evidence of asymmetry effects in the interest rate pass-through in Poland," National Bank of Poland Working Papers 114, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute.
  5. Arto Kovanen, 2011. "Monetary Policy Transmission in Ghana," IMF Working Papers 11/275, International Monetary Fund.
  6. Nikoloz Gigineishvili, 2011. "Determinants of Interest Rate Pass-Through," IMF Working Papers 11/176, International Monetary Fund.

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