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Identifying Effective Combinations of Economic Policy Measures for the Coronavirus Recession in Europe

Kerstin Bernoth (), Marius Clemens (), Geraldine Dany-Knedlik and Stefan Gebauer ()

DIW Weekly Report, 2020, vol. 10, issue 23, 263-273

Abstract: As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe in early 2020, the European Central Bank as well as national governments in the euro area enacted or announced numerous economic policy measures to counteract the severe economic consequences of the resulting lockdowns. In this paper, the immediate effect of the announcements on government bond and stock markets are estimated in a panel study. The results show that the ECB’s monetary policy measures barely had a stabilizing effect on the financial markets in the short term. With the exception of the announcement of Germany’s Economic Stabilization Fund, the fiscal rescue packages of other national governments and the EU did not lower government bond yields. In contrast, suspending fiscal rules and relaxing banking regulations had a calming effect on the markets, especially the government bond markets. In conjunction with fiscal policy measures, EU-wide measures in particular, they were able to stabilize the stock markets. Overall, the results show that policy action on the part of individual governments is not sufficiently effective on its own. To be effective, measures must be taken by Member States together. A joint crisis mechanism, such as the European Recovery Plan announced by the EU, could be quite efficient.

Keywords: Covid-19; announcement effects; monetary policy; fiscal policy; macroprudential policy; euro area (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 E5 E50 E62 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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