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Can Low Interest Rates be Harmful: An Assessment of the Bank Risk-Taking Channel in Asia

Events surrounding the global financial crisis have brought to light the potential role of monetary policy in precipitating the crisis. Numerous studies on advanced economies have documented a significant negative relationship between interest rates and bank risk-taking. This paper also finds the presence of the risk-taking channel based on a panel of publicly listed bank data in Asia. Using both annual and quarterly data, "too low" interest rates are found to lead to an increase in bank risk-taking.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration with number 123.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0123
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