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Retail Bank Interest Rate Pass-through: Is Chile Atypical?

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  • Marco A. Espinosa-Vega

    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Alessandro Rebucci

    (Inter-American Development Bank)

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This paper investigates empirically the pass-through of money market interest rates to retail banking interest rates in Chile, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and five European countries. Overall, Chile’s pass-through does not appear atypical. Based on a standard errorcorrection model, we find that, as in most countries considered, Chile’s measured pass-through is incomplete. But Chile’s pass-through is also faster than in many other countries considered and is comparable to that in the United States. While we find no significant evidence of asymmetry in Chile’s pass-through across states of the interest rate or monetary policy cycle, we do find some evidence of parameter instability, around the time of the Asian and Russian crises. However, we do not find evidence that the switch to a more flexible exchange rate regime in 1999 and the “nominalization” of Chile’s interest rate targets in 2001 have affected significantly the pass-through process.

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This chapter was published in: Luis Antonio Ahumada & J. Rodrigo Fuentes & Norman Loayza (Series Editor) & Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel (Series Editor) (ed.) Banking Market Structure and Monetary Policy, , chapter 5, pages 147-182, 2004.

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  1. Zulkhibri, Muhamed, 2012. "Policy rate pass-through and the adjustment of retail interest rates: Empirical evidence from Malaysian financial institutions," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 409-422.
  2. Peter Rowland, 2006. "The 90-Day Dtf Interest Rate:Why Does It Remain Constant?," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 003562, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
  3. Peter Rowland, . "The 90-Day DTF Interest Rate: Why Does It Remain Constant?," Borradores de Economia 371, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
  4. J. Sebastián Becerra & Luis Ceballos & Felipe Córdova & Michael Pedersen, 2009. "Pass-through of Large Changes in Monetary Policy Rate – Evidence for Chile," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 522, Central Bank of Chile.

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