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Euro area sovereign yields and the power of QE

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  • António Afonso
  • Mina Kazemi

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We assess the determinants of long-term sovereign yield spreads using a panel of 10 Euro area countries over the period 1999.01–2016.07 notably regarding the ECB (standard and non-standard) quantitative easing measures. Our findings indicate that the international risk, the bid-ask spread and real effective exchange rate increased the 10-year sovereign bond yield spreads. Moreover, quantitative easing, notably Longer-term Refinancing Operations (LTROs), Targeted LTROs and the Securities Market Program decreased the yield spreads. Key Words: sovereign bonds, non-conventional monetary policy, panel data

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  • António Afonso & Mina Kazemi, 2017. "Euro area sovereign yields and the power of QE," Working Papers Department of Economics 2017/12, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.
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    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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