Mitigating the Deadly Embrace in Financial Cycles : Countercyclical Buffers and Loan-to-Value Limits

Author/Editor:

Jaromir Benes ; Douglas Laxton ; Joannes Mongardini

Publication Date:

April 8, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper presents a new version of MAPMOD (Mark II) to study the effectiveness of macroprudential regulations. We extend the original model by explicitly modeling the housing market. We show how household demand for housing, house prices, and bank mortgages are intertwined in what we call a deadly embrace. Without macroprudential policies, this deadly embrace naturally leads to housing boom and bust cycles, which can be very costly for the economy, as shown by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/87

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 8, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484323052/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016087

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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