Measuring and Mending Monetary Policy Effectiveness Under Capital Account Restrictions : Lessons from Mauritania

Author/Editor: Robert Blotevogel
Publication Date: March 27, 2013
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Summary: I propose a new approach to identifying exogenous monetary policy shocks in low-income countries with capital account restrictions. In the case of Mauritania, a domestic repatriation requirement is the key institutional characteristic that allows me to establish exogeneity. Unlike in advanced countries, I find no evidence for a statistically significant impact of exogenous monetary policy shocks on bank lending. Using a unique bank-level dataset on monthly balance sheets of six Mauritanian banks over the period 2006–11, I estimate structural vector autoregressions and two-stage least square panel models to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of monetary policy. Finally, I discuss how a reduction in banks’ loan concentration ratios and improvements in the liquidity management framework could make monetary stimuli more effective.
Series: Working Paper No. 13/77
Subject(s): Monetary policy | Mauritania | Banking sector | Capital account | Low-income developing countries

Publication Date: March 27, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484328682/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2013077 Pages: 35
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