The Impact of the LCR on the Interbank Money Market

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This paper analyses the impact of the Basel 3 Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) on the unsecured interbank money market and therefore on the implementation of monetary policy. Combining two unique datasets, we show that banks which are just above/below their short-term regulatory liquidity requirement pay and charge higher interest rates for unsecured interbank loans. The effect is larger for longer maturities and increases after the failure of Lehman Brothers. During a crisis, being close to the minimum liquidity requirement induces banks to decrease lending volumes. Given the high importance of a well-functioning interbank money market, our results suggest that the current design of the LCR is likely to dampen the effectiveness of monetary policy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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NameEBC Discussion Paper


  • Monetary Policy
  • Interbank Market
  • Basel 3


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