What Drives Interbank Rates? Evidence from the Libor Panel

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Francois-Louis Michaud

Banque de France

Christian Upper

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Date Written: March 3, 2008


The risk premium contained in the interest rates on three-month interbank deposits at large, internationally active banks increased sharply in August 2007 and risk premiahave remained at an elevated level since. This feature aims to identify the drivers of this increase, in particular the role of credit and liquidity factors. While there is evidence of a role played by credit risk, at least at lower frequencies, the absence of a close relationship between the risk of default and risk premia in the money market, as well as the reaction of the interbank markets to central bank liquidity provisions, point to the importance of liquidity factors for banks’ day-to-day quoting behaviour.

JEL Classification: G21, G32

Suggested Citation

Michaud, Francois-Louis and Upper, Christian, What Drives Interbank Rates? Evidence from the Libor Panel (March 3, 2008). BIS Quarterly Review, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1517680

Francois-Louis Michaud

Banque de France ( email )

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Christian Upper (Contact Author)

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ( email )

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Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002

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