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A Regional Economic Policy for Colombia

This paper proposes a framework for a regional economic policy in Colombia. The regional characteristics and disparities of the country are studied, and regional disparities are shown to be both significant and persistent over time. This calls for a policy initiative to promote the development...

A Regional Study of the Colombian Corporate Sector: Differences, Trends and Developments in Different Cities

The study presented here looks at the Colombian corporate sector broken down by city.  In particular, it studies the eight main cities of the country.  It is an initial study, maybe the first of its kind, and it aims to act as a foundation for future research in the area.  A database obtained...

A Survey on the Effects of Sterilized Foreign Exchange Intervention

In this paper we survey prominent theories that have shaped the literature on sterilized foreign exchange interventions. We identify three main strands of literature: 1) that which advocates the use of sterilized interventions; 2) that which deems sterilized interventions futile; and 3) that...

An Exploration on Interbank Markets and the Operational Framework of Monetary Policy in Colombia

We set a dynamic stochastic model for the interbank daily market for funds in Colombia. The framework features exogenous reserve requirements and requirement period, competitive trading among heterogeneous commercial banks, daily open market operations held by the Central Bank (auctions and...

Assessing Inflationary Pressures in Colombia

The assessment of inflationary pressures in Colombia has faced two important challenges in the present decade. The first one occurred in 2006 and consisted of detecting an overheating economy in the midst of fast growing investment and increasing measured productivity. The second challenge took...

Asset Price bubbles and monetary policy in a small open economy

In this paper we expanded the closed economy model by Bernanke and Gertler (1999) in order to account for the macroeconomic effects of an asset price bubble in the context of a small open economy model. During the nineties emerging market economies opened their financial accounts to foreign...

Asset Price Bubbles and Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy

In this paper we expanded the closed economy model by Bernanke and Gertler (1999) in order to account for the macroeconomic effects of an asset price bubble in the context of a small open economy model. During the nineties emerging market economies opened their financial accounts to foreign...

Bank Lending Channel of Monetary Policy: Evidence for Colombia, Using a Firms´ Panel

In this paper we find empirical evidence of bank lending channel for Colombia, using a balanced panel data of about four thousand non-financial firms. We find that increases in the interest rate, proxiing for the monetary policy instrument, lead to a reduction in the proportion of bank loans,...

Bank Lending Channel of Transmission of Monetary Policy: Does the Financial Structure of Banks Matter?

This paper tests the importance of the financial structure of banks in the bank lending channel of monetary policy transmission in Colombia, using an unbalanced panel of 51 banks for the period of 1996:4-2014:8. We find that an increase in the interbank rate (proxy of the intervention rate) has...

Bank Lending, Risk Taking, and the Transmission of Monetary Policy: New Evidence for Colombia

We study the  existence of a monetary policy transmission mechanism through banks in Colombia, using monthly banks’ balance sheet data for the period 1996:4 – 2012:12. We obtain results which are consistent with the basic postulates of the bank lending channel (and the risk-taking channel)...

Changes in GDP’s measurement error volatility and response of the monetary policy rate: two approaches

Using a stylized model in which output is measured with error, we derive the optimal policy response to the demand shock signal and to changes in the measurement error volatility from two different perspectives: the minimization of the expected loss (from which we derive the ‘standard’ policy)...

Changes in GDP’s measurement error volatility and response of the monetary policy rate: Two approaches

Using a stylized model in which output is measured with error, we derive the optimal policy response to the demand shock signal and to changes in the measurement error volatility from two different perspectives: the minimization of the expected loss (from which we derive the ‘standard’ policy)...

Colombia‘s Recent History of Monetary Policy from 1990 to 2010

 

Constant-Interest-Rate Projections and Its Indicator Properties

This paper propose indicator variables for the implementation of monetary policy in an inflation targeting regime. Using constant interest rate projections, the notion of a target-compatible interest rate is presented. This variable allows to extract some characteristics that the expected future...

Derivative Markets' Impact on Colombian Monetary Policy

Derivatives are contingent claims that complete financial markets. Their use allow agents and firms to ameliorate the impact over con-sumption, production and investment given a change in relative prices induced by an active monetary policy. In this sense, derivatives generate in some cases a...

Disinflation Costs Under Inflation Targeting in Small Open Economy

Since 1991, inflation in Colombia was reduced from 25% on average to about 6% more recently. Although this performance is in line with a long run inflation target of 3%, some analysts ask whether the Central Bank should continue disinflating. In this paper we present a dynamic stochastic general...

Does the Spot Curve Contain Information on Future Monetary Policy in Colombia?

In order to asses the credibility of their targets and policies, inflation targeting central banks always keep an eye on market expectations of the future inflation rates and short maturity interest rates. In economies with developed financial markets the prices of financial assets are a prime...

Dynamic Response to Monetary Shocks in a Search Model of the Labor Market*

This paper studies the dynamic response of a few key macroeconomic variables to each one of three exogenous shocks: monetary, government spending and technological shocks. By using a cash in advance model with two market frictions, one in the intermediation of loanable funds, and one in the...

Early Warning Indicators for Latin America

We explore the performance of a set of early warning indicators for a group of Latin American economies under the endogenous cycle perspective. For this group of countries, the paper confirms the results of work on industrialized countries that a combination of asset prices and credit provides...

Early Warning Indicators for Latin America

We explore the performance of a set of early warning indicators for a group of Latin American economies under the endogenous cycle perspective. For this group of countries, the paper confirms the results of previous work on industrialized countries, which indicate that a...

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