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The Italian Overnight Market: Microstructure Effects, the Martingale Hypothesis and the Payment System

  • Emilio Barucci


    (Universita di Pisa - Department of Economics)

  • Claudio Impenna


    (Bank of Italy - Payment System Department)

  • Roberto Reno


    (University of Siena - Department of Economics)

This paper analyzes the Italian segment of the Eurozone money market since the start of the European Monetary Union. Some relevant variables are analyzed at different frequencies (intramonth, intraweek and intraday): both level and volatility of the overnight interest rate, volume exchanged in the Italian overnight market, domestic and cross-border large value payments channeled in the Italian real-time gross settlement system (BI-REL). Patterns against the martingale hypothesis on the short-term interest rate are detected, and the relationship between the payment flows and the rate itself is investigated. Overall, evidence comes out that in the new framework Italian banks seem to manage liquidity efficiently.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 24.

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Length: 52
Date of creation: 23 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:24
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