Intermediation Markups and Monetary Policy Pass-Through

79 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2018

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Semyon Malamud

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Swiss Finance Institute

Andreas Schrimpf

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - Monetary and Economic Department

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

We introduce intermediation frictions into the classical monetary model with fully flexible prices. In our model, monetary policy is redistributive because it affects intermediaries' ability to extract rents. The pass-through efficiency of quantitative easing (QE) and tightening (QT) policies depends crucially on the anticipated relationship between future monetary policy and future stock market returns (the "Central Bank Put"). When the Central Bank Put is too weak, balance sheet policies become inefficient. When the Central Bank Put is very strong, however, monetary policy may be destabilizing and lead to greater frequency of market tantrums.

JEL Classification: E40, E44, E52, G12

Suggested Citation

Malamud, Semyon and Schrimpf, Andreas, Intermediation Markups and Monetary Policy Pass-Through (January 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12623. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3106827

Semyon Malamud (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne ( email )

Lausanne, 1015
Switzerland

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

Andreas Schrimpf

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - Monetary and Economic Department ( email )

Centralbahnplatz 2
CH-4002 Basel
Switzerland

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