Expected versus Unexpected Monetary Policy Impulses and Interest Rate Pass-through in Eurozone Retail Banking
Maastricht University - Limburg Institute of Financial Economics (LIFE)
University of Applied Sciences Cologne
November 11, 2003
Maastricht University METEOR Research Memorandum No. RM/04/001
This paper follows up on recent studies of the Eurozone interest rate pass-through. Using a generalized empirical approach that allows for a variety of different specifications of the pass-through, including asymmetric adjustment, the role of interest rate expectations, proxied by EURIBOR futures, in determining retail banking product pricing is explored. It is shown that the pass-through is faster when monetary policy changes are correctly anticipated. However, this result is limited to the loan market and here more pronounced for positive interest rate shocks, while particularly deposit rate are found to be rigid, suggesting an important role of competitive banking markets for the pass-through process. Overall, our results show that a well-communicated monetary policy is important for a speedier and a more homogenous pass-through and thus for a more effective monetary policy in the Eurozone.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Interest Rates, Interest Rate Expectations, Monetary Policy, European Monetary Union, European Banking, EURIBOR Futures, Competition in Banking, Asymmetric Adjustment, Cointegration Analysis, Threshold Cointegration
JEL Classification: E43, E52, E58, F36working papers series
Date posted: June 29, 2004
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