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Sovereign Stress, Banking Stress, and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism in the Euro Area

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  • Holtemöller, Oliver

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

  • Scherer, Jan-Christopher

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

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We investigate to what extent sovereign stress and banking stress have contributed to the increase in the level and in the heterogeneity of nonfinancial firms’ financing costs in the Euro area during the European debt crisis and how both have affected the monetary transmission mechanism. Employing a large firm-level data set containing 2 million observations, we are able to identify the effect of government bond yield spreads (sovereign stress) and the share of non-performing loans (banking stress) on firms' financing costs in a panel model by assuming that idiosyncratic shocks to individual firms are uncorrelated with country-specific variables. We find that the two sources of stress have increased firms’ financing costs controlling for country and firm-specific factors. Moreover, we estimate both to have significantly impaired the monetary transmission mechanism.

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  • Holtemöller, Oliver & Scherer, Jan-Christopher, 2018. "Sovereign Stress, Banking Stress, and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism in the Euro Area," ADBI Working Papers 811, Asian Development Bank Institute.
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    Keywords

    banking stress; firms’ financing conditions; government bond yields; interest rate channel; monetary policy transmission; sovereign stress;

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    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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