Economics at your fingertips  

Mind the Gap: Disentangling Credit and Liquidity in Risk Spreads

Krista Schwarz

Review of Finance, 2019, vol. 23, issue 3, 557-597

Abstract: Euro-area sovereign bond and interbank interest rate spreads spiked in the 2007–2009 Global Financial Crisis and the subsequent European Debt Crisis, substantially elevating financing costs. I use a model-free measure of market liquidity to precisely identify the relative contribution of credit versus liquidity to spreads in these episodes. In the Financial Crisis, liquidity is paramount, accounting for 36% of trough-to-peak widening, after controlling for credit. However, default risk becomes relatively more important to sovereign spreads in the Debt Crisis. Aggregate bond liquidity explains a substantial portion of interbank spreads throughout the sample.

Keywords: Market liquidity; Interbank credit; Money markets; Interest rates; Financial crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 G01 G12 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this article

Review of Finance is currently edited by Josef ZechnerEditor-Name: Marco Pagano

More articles in Review of Finance from European Finance Association Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Oxford University Press ().

Page updated 2019-11-07
Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:23:y:2019:i:3:p:557-597.