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Safe Assets’ Scarcity, Liquidity and Spreads

Gabriella Chiesa ()

Working Papers from Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna

Abstract: This paper constructs a simple general equilibrium model to analyse the interactions between the financial and the real sector in an environment where liquidity holdings is an input of the credit/investment process. The supply of liquidity is constrained in that income pledgeability limits inside liquidity, and not all sovereign debt is safe/liquid. We pin down the determinants of liquidity/collateral premia and bond spreads, and with reference to the eurozone: (i) the implications of the ECB’s policies on liquidity provision and credit, and (ii) the debt management policy that would increase welfare with no need for transfer payments.

JEL-codes: E44 H63 G18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-02
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