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Interest rate linkages within the EMS and bank credit supply


  • Andrew H. Chen
  • Sumon C. Mazumdar


The exchange rates between the currencies of European Monetary System (EMS) members are essentially fixed between narrow bands mandated by the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). the intent of such a fixed rate regime is to enhance policy co-ordination within the EMS. However, it has instead led to German policy dominance within the system according to several recent studies. We examine the optimal dynamic credit policy of a bank in an EMS country that is subject to such German 'dominance'. Our stochastic control model reveals conditions under which German monetary policies can influence domestic bank lending behaviour. It also suggests that banks may be able to hedge such risk exposure by increasing in size. the model offers 'credit supply' based explanations for recent regulatory reforms in Europe towards unified banking and the attempts of several EMS members to de-link their policies from that of the German Bundesbank. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 1995.

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  • Andrew H. Chen & Sumon C. Mazumdar, 1995. "Interest rate linkages within the EMS and bank credit supply," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 1(1), pages 37-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:1:y:1995:i:1:p:37-48

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