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Effects of quantitative easing on firm performance in the euro area

Petr Korab (), Ray Saadaoui Mallek and Selahattin Dibooglu

The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, 2021, vol. 57, issue C

Abstract: This paper examines the effects of quantitative easing on firm performance using firm-level data in the euro area during the Corporate Sector Purchase Programme. We apply a difference-in-difference framework and focus on long-term and short-term book leverage, turnover, and profitability. Despite an increase in leverage, firms in the treatment group did not experience an increase in turnover or profitability as a result of the CSPP. Improved access to credit in the bond market seems to have no statistically discernible effects on the firms' real performance. Our empirical results also show cross country and region heterogeneity in the effects of CSPP. Possible factors driving the results include the limited scope of the CSPP program, financial constraints being less of a concern for firms in the euro area, and that monetary policy is in general less effective in the aftermath of financial crises as the monetary transmission mechanism is partially impaired.

Keywords: Quantitative easing; Firm performance; Non-conventional monetary policy; Country studies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2021.101455

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