The Effectiveness of Monetary Policy Transmission Under Capital Inflows : Evidence from Asia

Author/Editor: Sonali Jain-Chandra ; D. Filiz Unsal
Publication Date: November 02, 2012
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Summary: The effectiveness of the monetary policy transmission mechanism in open economies could be impaired if interest rates are driven primarily by global factors, especially during periods of large capital inflows. The main objective of this paper is to assess whether this is true for emerging Asia’s economies. Using a dynamic factor model and a structural vector auto-regression model, we show that long-term interest rates in Asia are indeed predominantly driven by global factors. However, monetary policy transmission mechanism remains effective in the region, as it operates predominantly through short-term interest rates. Nevertheless, the monetary transmission mechanism, though effective, is somewhat weaker in Asia during the periods of surges in capital inflows.
Series: Working Paper No. 12/265
Subject(s): Monetary policy | Asia | Emerging markets | Capital inflows | Monetary transmission mechanism | Interest rates | Economic models

Publication Date: November 02, 2012
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475525823/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2012265 Pages: 19
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