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Collateral Framework: Liquidity Premia and Multiple Equilibria

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  • Lengwiler, Yvan

    (University of Basel)

  • Orphanides, Athanasios

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Central banks normally accept debt of their own governments as collateral in liquidity operations without reservations. This gives rise to a valuable liquidity premium that reduces the cost of government finance. The ECB is an interesting exception in this respect. It relies on external assessments of the creditworthiness of its member states, such as credit ratings, to determine eligibility and the haircut it imposes on such debt. We show how such features in a central bank's collateral framework can give rise to cliff effects and multiple equilibria in bond yields and increase the vulnerability of governments to external shocks. This can potentially induce sovereign debt crises and defaults that would not otherwise arise.

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  • Lengwiler, Yvan & Orphanides, Athanasios, 2021. "Collateral Framework: Liquidity Premia and Multiple Equilibria," Working papers 2021/06, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  • Handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2021/06
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    1. Collateral Framework: Liquidity Premia and Multiple Equilibria
      by Christian Zimmermann in NEP-DGE blog on 2021-05-03 16:46:21

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    Keywords

    monetary policy; government finance; yields; liquidity premium; default premium; collateral; cliff effect; multiple equilibria.;
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    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects

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