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Central bank swap line effectiveness during the euro area sovereign debt crisis


  • Moessner, Richhild
  • Allen, William A.


The Federal Reserve re-established a swap line with the European Central Bank in response to the international liquidity stresses created by the euro area sovereign debt crisis. We examine the swap line's effectiveness in addressing these stresses in 2010–11. We find that announcements about the swap line had a significant effect in reducing euro-dollar FX swap spreads during the 2010–11 crisis, but that the swap line only had limited effectiveness in alleviating the stresses, probably owing to some stigma being attached to its use.

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  • Moessner, Richhild & Allen, William A., 2013. "Central bank swap line effectiveness during the euro area sovereign debt crisis," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 167-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:35:y:2013:i:c:p:167-178 DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2013.03.003

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    1. Alin Marius Andries & Andreas M. Fischer & Pinar Yesin, 2015. "The impact of international swap lines on stock returns of banks in emerging markets," Working Papers 16.01, Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee.
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    More about this item


    Financial crisis; International liquidity; Foreign exchange swaps; Central bank swap lines;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises


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