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Effectiveness and channels of macroprudential policies: lessons from the Euro area

Yuanyan Zhang (European Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Thierry Tressel (European Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The design of a macro-prudential framework and its interaction with monetary policy has been at the forefront of the policy agenda since the global financial crisis. However, most advanced economies (AEs) have little experience using macroprudential policies. As a result, relatively little is known empirically about macroprudential instruments’ effectiveness in mitigating systemic risks in these countries, about their channels of transmission, and about how these instruments would interact with monetary policy. This paper aims to fill in the gap.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors develop a new approach using the euro area bank lending survey to assess the effectiveness of macro-prudential policies in containing credit growth and house price appreciation in mortgage markets. Estimation is performed under the panel regressions (OLS, GLS) and panel VAR setup. Endogeneity issues arising from measures of macro-prudential policies are addressed by introducing GMM estimation and various instruments.

Findings

The authors find instruments targeting the cost of bank capital most effective in slowing down mortgage credit growth, and that the impact is transmitted mainly through price margins, the same banking channel as monetary policy. Limits on loan-to-value ratios are also effective, especially when monetary policy is excessively loose.

Originality/value

With limited data on macroprudential policy measures in the AEs, this paper proposed a new methodology of using answers from bank lending survey as proxies to assess the effectiveness of specific macroprudential measures and their transmission channels.

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Citation

Zhang, Y. and Tressel, T. (2017), "Effectiveness and channels of macroprudential policies: lessons from the Euro area", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 271-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRC-10-2016-0094

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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