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Asymmetric Information and the Transmission Mechanism of Monetary Policy

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This paper analyses the consequences of asymmetric information in credit markets for the monetary transmission mechanism. It shows that asymmetric information can not only reinforce but can also weaken or overcompensate the effects of the standard interest rate channel. Crucial is that informational problems lead to an external finance premium that can be positive or negative for marginal entrepreneurs. Tight money may lead to an increase in the absolute value of this premium, implying that there is a credit channel of monetary policy, but its working direction is ambiguous. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2007.

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  • Ulrike Neyer, 2007. "Asymmetric Information and the Transmission Mechanism of Monetary Policy," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8, pages 428-446, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:8:y:2007:i::p:428-446
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    1. Birgül Cambazoğlu & Hacer Simay Karaalp, 2013. "The External Finance Premium and the Financial Accelerator: The Case of Turkey," International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (IJBESAR), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMATTECH), Kavala, Greece, vol. 6(1), pages 103-121, April.

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