IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

The financial market effects of the ECB’s balance sheet policies


  • Vivien Lewis
  • Markus Roth


The European Central Bank’s balance sheet policies have been criticized as ineffective or even harmful to the economy. This paper aims at gauging the effects on financial markets, the banking sector and lending to non-financial firms. Using a structural vector autoregression analysis, we find that balance sheet innovations help to decrease financial stress, stock market risk and default rates initially. However, these beneficial effects on financial markets are overturned in the medium run. Credit expands significantly and persistently. While output rises immediately, the positive effect is short-lived and economically small. Prices do not respond significantly to the shock.

Suggested Citation

  • Vivien Lewis & Markus Roth, 2015. "The financial market effects of the ECB’s balance sheet policies," Working Papers of Department of Economics, Leuven 510356, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Economics, Leuven.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:510356

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Kiss, Gábor Dávid & Mészáros, Mercédesz, 2019. "Árfolyam-modellezés nem konvencionális monetáris politika mellett [Exchange rates and unconventional monetary-policy instruments]," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(9), pages 960-979.
    2. Kristina Bluwstein & Fabio Canova, 2016. "Beggar-Thy-Neighbor? The International Effects of ECB Unconventional Monetary Policy Measures," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 12(3), pages 69-120, September.
    3. Urbschat, Florian & Watzka, Sebastian, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area," Discussion Papers in Economics 37365, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    4. Arthur Korus, 2019. "Spillover Effects from the ECB's Unconventional Monetary Policies: The Case of Denmark, Norway and Sweden," Athens Journal of Business & Economics, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), vol. 5(1), pages 53-78, January.
    5. Urbschat, Florian & Watzka, Sebasitan, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area - An Event Study Approach," VfS Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168135, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    6. Florian Urbschat & Sebastian Watzka, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area - An Event Study Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 6709, CESifo.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:510356. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (library EBIB). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.