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Euro Area Monetary Policy in Uncharted Waters

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  • Emil Stavrev
  • Thomas Harjes
  • Martin Cihák

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We analyze the European Central Bank''s (ECB''s) response to the global financial crisis. Our results suggest that even during the crisis, the core part of ECB''s monetary policy transmission-from policy rates to market rates-has continued to operate, but at a decreased efficiency. We also find some evidence that the ECB''s non-standard measures, namely the lengthening of the maturity of monetary policy operations and the provision of funds at the fixed rate, reduced money market term spreads, facilitating the pass-through from policy to market rates. Furthermore, the results imply that the substantial increase in the ECB''s balance sheet may have contributed to a reduction in government bond term spreads.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/185.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2009
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Keywords: European Central Bank; Central bank policy; Economic models; European Monetary System; European Union; Liquidity controls; Monetary transmission mechanism; inflation; monetary policy; bond; central bank; bonds; money market; bond yields; corporate bond; government bond; bond yield; aggregate demand; money markets; monetary transmission; money supply; monetary fund; government bond yields; liquidity management; government bonds; government bond yield; financial corporations; corporate bonds; transmission of monetary policy; nominal interest rate; coupon bond; financial market; bond spread; interest rate futures; monetary base; monetary aggregates; financial sector; money market rates; monetary policy reaction function; benchmark bonds; money demand; open market operations; monetary system; interbank money markets; monetary analysis; monetary policy operations; government bond index; cost of credit; monetary economics; monetary policy objectives; bank bonds; liquidity funding; financial intermediaries; demand for bonds; monetary policies; benchmark government bond; financial stability; stochastic discount factor; stochastic discount; bond market; financial assets; bond index; financial system;

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  1. Karagiannis, Stelios & Panagopoulos, Yannis & Vlamis, Prodromos, 2010. "Interest rate pass-through in Europe and the US: Monetary policy after the financial crisis," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 323-338, May.
  2. David ARISTEI & Manuela Gallo, 2012. "Interest Rate Pass-Through in the Euro Area during the Financial Crisis: a Multivariate Regime-Switching Approach," Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 107/2012, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica.
  3. Ansgar Belke & Joscha Beckmann & Florian Verheyen, 2012. "Interest Rate Pass-through in the EMU: New Evidence from Nonlinear Cointegration Techniques for Fully Harmonized Data," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1223, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Ito, Takatoshi, 2009. "Fire, flood, and lifeboats: policy responses to the global crisis of 2007-09," Proceedings, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue Oct, pages 207-249.
  5. Petrevski, Goran & Bogoev, Jane, 2012. "Interest rate pass-through in South East Europe: An empirical analysis," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 571-593.
  6. Christiaan Pattipeilohy & Jan Willem van den End & Mostafa Tabbae & Jon Frost & Jakob de Haan, 2013. "Unconventional monetary policy of the ECB during the financial crisis: An assessment and new evidence," DNB Working Papers 381, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  7. Bucher, Monika & Hauck, Achim & Neyer, Ulrike, 2014. "Frictions in the interbank market and uncertain liquidity needs: Implications for monetary policy implementation," DICE Discussion Papers 134, Heinrich‐Heine‐Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE).
  8. Gerlach, Petra, 2013. "Euro area CDS spreads in the crisis: The role of open market operations and contagion," Papers WP449, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  9. Ciccarone, Giuseppe & Giuli, Francesco & Liberati, Danilo, 2014. "Incomplete interest rate pass-through under credit and labor market frictions," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 645-657.

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