Euro Area Monetary Policy in Uncharted Waters

Author/Editor:

Emil Stavrev ; Thomas Harjes ; Martin Cihak

Publication Date:

August 1, 2009

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Summary:

We analyze the European Central Bank's (ECB's) response to the global financial crisis. Our results suggest that even during the crisis, the core part of ECB's monetary policy transmission-from policy rates to market rates-has continued to operate, but at a decreased efficiency. We also find some evidence that the ECB's non-standard measures, namely the lengthening of the maturity of monetary policy operations and the provision of funds at the fixed rate, reduced money market term spreads, facilitating the pass-through from policy to market rates. Furthermore, the results imply that the substantial increase in the ECB's balance sheet may have contributed to a reduction in government bond term spreads.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/185

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451873320/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009185

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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