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Implications of the design of monetary policy for financial stability

  • Alicia García Herrero

    (Banco de España)

  • Pedro del Río López

    (Banco de España)

This paper is a contribution to the literature on the factors behind financial stability, focusing on monetary policy design. In particular, it assesses empirically for a sample of 79 countries in the period 1970 to 2000 whether the choice of the central bank objectives and the monetary policy strategy affect financial stability. We find that focusing the central bank objectives on price stability reduces the likelihood of a banking crisis. This result is robust to several model specifications and groups of countries. As regards the monetary policy strategy, exchange rate targeting significantly reduces the likelihood of a banking crisis for some model specifications and, in particular, for the group of countries in transition.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 21 Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0304008
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