Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/122086
Authors: 
Garriga, Carlos
Kydland, Finn E.
Šustek, Roman
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 751
Abstract: 
Mortgages are prime examples of long-term nominal loans. As a result, under incomplete asset markets, monetary policy can affect household decisions through the cost of new mortgage borrowing and the value of payments on outstanding debt. These channels are distinct from the transmission through real interest rates. A stylized general equilibrium model in corporating these features is developed. Persistent monetary policy shocks, resembling the level factor in the nominal yield curve, have larger real effects than transitory shocks. The transmission is stronger under adjustable- than fixed-rate mortgages. Higher, persistent, inflation benefits homeowners under FRMs but hurts them under ARMs.
Subjects: 
Mortgages
Debt servicing costs
Monetary policy
Residential investment
JEL: 
E32
E52
G21
R21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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