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Effects of eligibility for central bank purchases on corporate bond spreads

Taneli Mäkinen (), Fan Li, Andrea Mercatanti () and Andrea Silvestrini

No 894, BIS Working Papers from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: The causal effect of the European Central Bank's corporate bond purchase program on bond spreads in the primary market is evaluated,making use of a novel regression discontinuity design. The results indicate that the program did not, on average, permanently alter the yield spreads of eligible bonds relative to those of noneligible. Combined with evidence from previous studies, this finding suggests the effects of central bank asset purchase programs are in no way limited to the prices of the specific assets acquired.

Keywords: asset purchase programs; corporate bonds; causal inference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 G18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2020-10
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