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The Role of Banks in Monetary Policy Transmission: Empirical Evidence from Russia

  • Tuuli Juurikkala
  • Alexei Karas
  • Laura Solanko

This paper focuses on the role of the banking sector in monetary policy transmission in an emerging economy with a rapidly developing financial system. Specifically, we exam whether the central bank's monetary policy stance affects banks' lending behaviour. Based on a comprehensive quarterly dataset on all Russian banks from 1Q1999 to 1Q2007, we find evidence for the existence of a bank lending channel in Russia. Contrary to several studies on developed economies, the level of a bank's capitalization matters for the transmission process. Better capitalized banks are less likely to adjust their lending practices following a change in the monetary policy stance.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 109-121

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