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The Effect of Capital Requirement Regulation on the Transmission of Monetary Policy: Evidence from Austria

  • Philipp Engler

    (Free University Berlin)

  • Terhi Jokipii

    (Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Pablo Rovira Kaltwasser

    (Catholic University of Leuven)

  • Christian Merkl

    (Kiel Institute for World Economics and Kiel University)

  • Lúcio Vinhas de Souza

    (Kiel Institute for World Economics.)

This paper analyzes the role of bank capitalization on the transmission of monetary policy, using a quarterly dataset for Austrian banks spanning from 1997 to 2003. A substantial understanding of the transmission mechanism in different countries of the euro zone is not only of academic interest, but also an important prerequisite for central bankers to effectively accomplish their monetary policy goals. While we do find evidence in favor of the bank lending channel, with an important role active for capitalization, we are unable to confirm whether the bank capital channel is in force in Austria. Our results indicate some counter-cyclicality in lending activity, a finding that is in line with the existing Austrian literature.

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Date of creation: 23 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbwp:99
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  1. Marvin Goodfriend & Bennett T. McCallum, 2007. "Banking and Interest Rates in Monetary Policy Analysis: A Quantitative Exploration," NBER Working Papers 13207, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Heid, Frank & Porath, Daniel & Stolz, Stéphanie, 2004. "Does capital regulation matter for bank behaviour? Evidence for German savings banks," Discussion Paper Series 2: Banking and Financial Studies 2004,03, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
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