Do Bank Characteristics Influence the Effect of Monetary Policy on Bank Risk?
University of Wales, Bangor
Bank for International Settlements (BIS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
European Central Bank (ECB)
March 12, 2012
ECB Working Paper No. 1427
We analyze whether the impact of monetary policy on bank risk depends upon bank characteristics. We relate the materialization of bank risk during the financial crisis to differences in the monetary policy stance and bank characteristics in the pre-crisis period for a large sample of listed banks operating in the European Union and the United States. We find that the insulation effect produced by capital and liquidity buffers on bank risk was lower for banks operating in countries that, prior to the crisis, experienced a particularly prolonged period of low interest rates.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Risk-taking channel, monetary policy, credit crisis, bank characteristics
JEL Classification: E44, E52, G21
Date posted: March 19, 2012