Bank’s Price Setting and Lending Maturity: Evidence from an Inflation-Targeting Economy


Acknowledging that pass-through of the policy interest rate may be different amongst the private banks, this paper presents evidence of monetary pass-through conditional on different banks characteristics. A simple theoretical model is used to argue that the inflation rate also has to be taken into account when analyzing monetary pass-through. The focus is on nominal and real interest rates for commercial and consumer loans with different payback horizons. Taking a closer look at the construction of the interest rate data available, it becomes clear that short-term consumption rates are quite rigid and, thus, by construction react less to changes in the policy rate. Evidence from panel estimations with Chilean data for the period 2008 to 2014 suggests that short-term commercial rates react quite fast to changes in the monetary policy rate, while those at long-term seem to react more to inflation. Particularly size and deposit strength affect banks when fixing nominal commercial rates, while the determination of rates of consumer loans is particularly influenced by bank size and capital strength. With respect to real interest rates, commercial loans are affected by deposit strength, noninterest income and external obligations, while mortgages are affected by liquidity strength and provisions. The evidence provided in the present study reveals that the degree to which different bank characteristics affect pass-through of changes in the monetary policy rate and inflation depends to a great extent on the horizons of the loans.


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  • Presentador: Emiliano Luttini
  • Proveniente: Banco Central
  • Fecha: Miércoles, 28 Octubre 2015
  • Hora: 12:00
  • Lugar: Sala 788, FAE