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Asymmetric Standing Facilities: An Unexploited Monetary Policy Tool


  • Gabriel Pérez Quirós
  • Hugo Rodríguez Mendizábal


This paper analyzes the role of standing facilities in the determination of the demand for reserves in the overnight money market. The paper shows how central banks could use the position of the main refinancing rate with respect to the deposit and lending rates as a policy tool to control the demand for excess reserves by depository institutions. Furthermore, it illustrates how the existence of fine-tuning operations at the end of the reserve maintenance period significantly affects the ability of the central bank to influence the demand for reserves.

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  • Gabriel Pérez Quirós & Hugo Rodríguez Mendizábal, 2012. "Asymmetric Standing Facilities: An Unexploited Monetary Policy Tool," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 60(1), pages 43-74, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfecr:v:60:y:2012:i:1:p:43-74

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    1. Hugo Rodríguez Mendizábal, 2017. "Narrow Banking with Modern Depository Institutions: Is there a Reason to Panic?," Working Papers 955, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    2. Ronald Heijmans & Lola Hernández & Richard Heuver, 2013. "Determinants of the rate of the Dutch unsecured overnight money market," DNB Working Papers 374, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects


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