Quantitative Easing and Excess Reserves
GATE WP 1910 – March 2019
48 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 1, 2019
What are the impacts of a flush of interest-bearing excess reserves to the real economy? Surprisingly, the theoretical literature remains silent about this question. We address this issue in a new Keynesian model with various financial frictions and reserve requirements in the balance sheet of bankers. Modeling QE by the supply of excess reserves, allow for endogenous changes in the relative supply of financial assets. We find that this mechanism is crucial to identify and disentangle between the portfolio balance, the credit and the asset prices channels of QE. Further, we demonstrate that the macroeconomic effects of QE are rather weak and mainly transmitted through the asset prices channel.
Keywords: Quantitative Easing, Excess Reserves, Transmission Channels, Securitization Crisis
JEL Classification: E32, E44, E52, E58, G01
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