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Rupal Kamdar, UC Berkeley: The Securitization and Solicited Refinancing Channel of Monetary Policy
April 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
I document the “securitization and solicited refinancing channel,” a novel transmission mechanism of monetary policy and its heterogenous regional effects. The mechanism predicts that mortgage lenders who sell their originations to Government Sponsored Enterprises or into securitizations no longer hold the loan’s prepayment risk, and when rates drop, these lenders are more likely to signal to their borrowers to refinance, resulting in more borrower refinancing. A regression analysis finds that in response to a decline in mortgage-backed security yields, regions where originate-to-sell-or-