Liquidity, Risk Premia, and the Financial Transmission of Monetary Policy

Posted: 8 Nov 2018

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Itamar Drechsler

Wharton School, Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alexi Savov

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Philipp Schnabl

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of research on the transmission of monetary policy through the financial system, fueled in part by empirical findings showing that monetary policy affects asset prices and the financial system in ways not explained by the New Keynesian paradigm. In particular, monetary policy appears to impact risk premia in stock and bond prices and to effectively control the liquidity premium in the economy (the cost of holding liquid assets). We review these findings and recent theories proposed to explain them, and we outline a conceptual framework that unifies them. The framework revolves around the central role of liquidity in risk sharing and explains how monetary policy governs its production and use within the financial sector.

Suggested Citation

Drechsler, Itamar and Savov, Alexi and Schnabl, Philipp, Liquidity, Risk Premia, and the Financial Transmission of Monetary Policy (November 2018). Annual Review of Financial Economics, Vol. 10, pp. 309-328, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3280823 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-financial-110217-022833

Itamar Drechsler

Wharton School, Department of Finance ( email )

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Alexi Savov (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

Stern School of Business
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Philipp Schnabl

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012-1126
United States

HOME PAGE: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~sternfin/pschnabl/

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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