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How Related are Interbank and Lending Interest Rates? Evidence on Selected European Union Countries

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  • Tomáš HERYÁN
  • Daniel STAVÁREK

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This paper investigates the nature of the causal relationships among interbank market interest rates and corporate loans interest rates in four countries from the euro area (Austria, Belgium, France and Italy), and in the Czech Republic. The paper also estimates a development of bank credit margin in banking industries of these countries in period from January 2004 to March 2010. Using Johansen cointegration and Granger causality tests on monthly data we investigate long-term as well as short-term causalities between the interest rates. The results suggest that interest rate relationships differ in all selected countries, and also that foreign majority owners of the Czech banks could affect interest rate policy of the subsidiaries to offset losses realized by the parent banks.

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  • Tomáš HERYÁN & Daniel STAVÁREK, 2010. "How Related are Interbank and Lending Interest Rates? Evidence on Selected European Union Countries," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(3), pages 42-55.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlefa:v:2010:y:2010:i:3:id:54:p:42-55
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    Keywords

    Cointegration; Granger Causality; Interbank Interest Rates; Lending Interest Rates; European Union;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration

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