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Expected monetary policy and the dynamics of bank lending rates

  • Kwapil, Claudia
  • Scharler, Johann

In this paper we explore empirically to what extent expected monetary policy matters for the dynamics of bank lending rates in the U.S. and in the U.K. Based on endogenously determined break points, we document a number of structural breaks in the relationship between expected policy and retail interest rates. We find that banks have increasingly behaved in a forward-looking fashion by taking expected changes in monetary policy rates into account. Overall, our results provide support for the hypothesis that monetary policy has become more effective by successfully influencing private sector expectations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 27 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 542-551

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:27:y:2013:i:c:p:542-551
DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2013.01.010
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