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

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  • Vivien Lewis
  • Markus Roth

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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.

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  • 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.
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    2. Florian Urbschat & Sebastian Watzka, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area - An Event Study Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 6709, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. 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.
    4. Urbschat, Florian & Watzka, Sebastian, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area," Discussion Papers in Economics 37365, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    5. Urbschat, Florian & Watzka, Sebasitan, 2017. "Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area - An Event Study Approach," Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168135, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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