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Whatever it takes: what’s the impact of a major nonconventional monetary policy intervention?

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  • Alcaraz, Carlo
  • Claessens, Stijn
  • Cuadra, Gabriel
  • Marqués-Ibáñez, David
  • Sapriza, Horacio

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We assess how a major, unconventional central bank intervention, Draghi’s “whatever it takes” speech, affected lending conditions. Similar to other large interventions, it responded to adverse financial and macroeconomic developments that also influenced the supply and demand for credit. We avoid such endogeneity concerns by focusing on a third country and comparing lending conditions by euro area and other banks to the same borrower. We show that the intervention reversed prior risk-taking – in volume, price, and loan credit ratings – by subsidiaries of euro area banks relative to local and other foreign banks. Our results document a new effect of large central banks’ interventions and are robust along many dimensions. JEL Classification: E51, G21, F34

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  • Alcaraz, Carlo & Claessens, Stijn & Cuadra, Gabriel & Marqués-Ibáñez, David & Sapriza, Horacio, 2019. "Whatever it takes: what’s the impact of a major nonconventional monetary policy intervention?," Working Paper Series 2249, European Central Bank.
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    credit conditions; spillovers; unconventional monetary policy;

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    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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