25.07.2023: ‪Moritz Schularick‬ – Loose monetary policy and financial instability

Presenter: ‪Moritz Schularick‬‬
Affiliation: Sciences Po and University of Bonn, Department of Economics

Paper: Loose Monetary Policy and Financial Instability

Date: July 25, 2023
Time: 12:00 GMT (15:00 Israel Time)

Abstract: Do periods of persistently loose monetary policy increase financial fragility and the likelihood of a financial crisis? This is a central question for policymakers, yet the literature does not provide systematic empirical evidence about this link at the aggregate level. In this paper we fill this gap by analyzing long-run historical data. We find that when the stance of monetary policy is accommodative over an extended period, the likelihood of financial turmoil down the road increases considerably. We investigate the causal pathways that lead to this result and argue that credit creation and asset price overheating are important intermediating channels.

Coauthor: Òscar Jordà (University of California Davis and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), Alan M. Taylor (University of California Davis), and Maximilian Grimm (University of Bonn).

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