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Overbidding in fixed rate tenders--an empirical assessment of alternative explanations

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  • Nautz, Dieter
  • Oechssler, Jorg

This paper investigates various theories explaining banks' overbidding in the fixed rate tenders of the European Central Bank (ECB). Using auction data from both the Bundesbank and the ECB, we show that none of the theories can on its own explain the observed overbidding. This implies that the proposed new rules by the ECB, aimed at neutralizing interest rate expectations, would not eliminate overbidding if the rationing rule in the fixed rate tenders remains unchanged.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 50 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 631-646

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:50:y:2006:i:3:p:631-646
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