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Collateralized borrowing and risk taking at low interest rates

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  • Cociuba, Simona E.
  • Shukayev, Malik
  • Ueberfeldt, Alexander

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Empirical evidence suggests financial intermediaries increase risky investments when interest rates are low. We develop a model consistent with this observation and ask whether the risks undertaken exceed the social optimum. Interest rate policy affects risk taking in the model through two opposing channels. First, low policy rates make riskier assets more attractive than safe bonds. Second, low policy rates reduce the amount of safe bonds available for collateralized borrowing in interbank markets. The calibrated model features excessive risk taking at the optimal policy. However, at low policy rates, collateral constraints tighten and risk taking does not exceed the social optimum.

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  • Cociuba, Simona E. & Shukayev, Malik & Ueberfeldt, Alexander, 2016. "Collateralized borrowing and risk taking at low interest rates," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 85(C), pages 62-83.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:85:y:2016:i:c:p:62-83
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.02.005
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    Financial intermediation; Risk taking; Optimal interest rate policy;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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