10 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 12, 2012
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.
Keywords: Risk-taking channel, monetary policy, credit crisis, bank characteristics
JEL Classification: E44, E52, G21
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Altunbas, Yener and Gambacorta, Leonardo and Marques-Ibanez, David, Do Bank Characteristics Influence the Effect of Monetary Policy on Bank Risk? (March 12, 2012). ECB Working Paper No. 1427. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020278