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Exploring the implications of different loan-to-value macroprudential policy designs

Diana Lima
Rita Basto
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JEL Code 
E58 - Central Banks and Their Policies
E61 - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
F42 - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
This paper evaluates the macroeconomic effects of macroprudential policy measures consisting of changes in loan-to-value ratios in the euro area. The analysis is carried out within a fully structural, multi-country model, that prominently includes financial frictions and a banking sector. Our main findings suggest that a permanent LTV tightening in a small euro area economy leads to a long-run decline in lending to the private sector. The short-run impact depends crucially on the policy design, being less pronounced when the measure is phased-in. This is consistent with policy goals of curbing credit growth but avoiding an abrupt immediate contraction in lending. A policy measure introduced at the euro area level implies larger long-run effects but the short-run recessionary impact is attenuated by the monetary policy response.
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