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Interest on Reserves and the Flexibility of Monetary Policy in the Euro Area


  • Ulrike Neyer


This paper shows that remunerating required reserves can increase the flexibility of monetary policy. The remuneration at the current policy rate implies constant net marginal interest costs of holding required reserves. This allows the central bank to change the policy rate also within a reserve maintenance period without inducing a problematic reserve shifting on behalf of the banks. In the euro area, required reserves are remunerated at an average rate. Therefore, the way in which reserves are remunerated has to be changed in order to make use of the advantage of a higher flexibility of monetary policy. Copyright © The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2009. .

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  • Ulrike Neyer, 2009. "Interest on Reserves and the Flexibility of Monetary Policy in the Euro Area," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 111(2), pages 417-438, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:111:y:2009:i:2:p:417-438

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    1. Bucher, Monika & Hauck, Achim & Neyer, Ulrike, 2014. "Frictions in the interbank market and uncertain liquidity needs: Implications for monetary policy implementation," DICE Discussion Papers 134, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).

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