Posted

February 08, 2014 09:41:21 AM

Date

2014-02

Author

Longmei Zhang and Edda Zoli

Affiliation

Asia and Pacific Department, IMF

Title

Leaning Against the Wind: Macroprudential Policy in Asia

Summary /
Abstract

In recent years, macroprudential policy has become an increasingly active policy area. Many countries have adopted it as a tool to safeguard financial stability, in particular to deal with the credit and asset price cycles driven by global capital flows. This paper reviews the use of key macroprudential instruments and capital flow measures in 13 Asian economies and 33 economies in other regions since 2000, and constructs various macroprudential policy indices, aggregating sub-indices on key instruments. Asian economies appear to have made greater use of macroprudential tools, especially housing-related measures, than their counterparts in other regions. The effects of macroprudential policy are then assessed through an event study, cross-country macro panel regressions and bank-level micro panel regressions. The analysis suggests that macroprudential policy and capital flow measures have helped curb housing price growth, equity flows, credit growth, and bank leverage. The instruments that have been particularly effective in this regard include loan-to-value ratio caps, housing tax measures, and foreign currency-related measures.

Keywords

Macroprudential policy; capital flow measures; credit growth; housing price

URL

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2014/wp1422.pdf

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