The Financial (In)Stability Real Interest Rate, R*

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Ozge Akinci

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Gianluca Benigno

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics; Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Marco Del Negro

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Albert Queralto

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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Date Written: January, 2021

Abstract

We introduce the concept of financial stability real interest rate using a macroeconomic banking model with an occasionally binding financing constraint as in Gertler and Kiyotaki (2010). The financial stability interest rate, r**, is the threshold interest rate that triggers the constraint being binding. Increasing imbalances in the financial sector measured by an increase in leverage are accompanied by a lower threshold that could trigger financial instability events. We also construct a theoretical implied financial condition index and show how it is related to the gap between the natural and financial stability interest rates.

Keywords: r**, Financial crises, Financial stability, Occasionally binding credit constraint

JEL Classification: E40, E50, G00

Suggested Citation

Akinci, Ozge and Benigno, Gianluca and Benigno, Gianluca and Del Negro, Marco and Queralto, Albert, The Financial (In)Stability Real Interest Rate, R* (January, 2021). International Finance Discussion Paper No. 1308, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3865426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/IFDP.2021.1308

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