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Funding behaviour of debt management offices and the ECB’s Public Sector Purchase Programme

Katharina Plessen-Mátyás, Christoph Kaufmann and Julian von Landesberger

No 2552, Working Paper Series from European Central Bank

Abstract: This paper investigates whether the funding behaviour of euro area debt management offices (DMOs) changed with the start of the ECB’s Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP). Our results show that (i) lower yield levels and (ii) PSPP purchases supported higher maturities at issuance. The former indicates a behaviour of “locking in low rates for longer”, while the latter suggests the existence of an additional “demand effect” of the PSPP on DMO strategies beyond the PSPP’s effect via yields. The combined impact of the PSPP via these channels amounts to maturity extensions at issuance of about one year in our estimation, which compares to the average issuance maturity for Germany, France, Italy and Spain before the PSPP of four years. Our finding that DMOs extend maturities when funding conditions ease invites further work on the economic implications of public debt management during the PSPP and its relevance for monetary policy transmission. JEL Classification: E52, E58, E63, H63

Keywords: central bank asset purchases; public debt management; sovereign debt maturity structure; unconventional monetary policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-eec, nep-mac and nep-mon
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