Structural econometric approach to bidding in the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem
This paper contributes to the existing literature on central bank repoauctions. It is based on a structural econometric approach, whereby the primitives of bidding behavior (individual bid schedules and bid-shading components) are directly estimated. With the estimated parameters we calibrate a theoretical model in order to illustrate some comparative static results. Overall the results suggest that strategic and optimal behavior is prevalent in ECB tenders. We find evidence of a statistically significant bid-shading component, even though the number of bidders is very large. Bid- shading increases with liquidity uncertainty and decreases with the number of participants. JEL Classification: G21, G12, D44, E43, E50
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