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Whatever it takes. What's the impact of a major nonconventional monetary policy intervention?

Carlo Alcaraz Pribaz (), Stijn Claessens (), Gabriel Cuadra (), David Marques-Ibanez () and Horacio Sapriza

No 749, BIS Working Papers from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: We assess how a major, unconventional central bank intervention, Draghi's "whatever it takes" speech, affected lending conditions. Similar to other large interventions, it responded to adverse financial and macroeconomic developments that also influenced the supply and demand for credit. We avoid such endogeneity concerns by comparing credit granted and its conditions by individual banks to the same borrower in a third country. We show that the intervention reversed prior risk-taking - in volume, price, and risk ratings - by subsidiaries of euro area banks relative to other local and foreign banks. Our results document a new effect of interventions and are robust along many dimensions.

Keywords: unconventional monetary policy; credit conditions; spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E51 F34 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cba, nep-ifn, nep-mac and nep-mon
Date: 2018-09
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