Sovereign Risk, European Crisis Resolution Policies and Bond Yields
International Journal of Central Banking Volume 11, Number 2, March 2015: 285-323
29 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2012 Last revised: 5 Mar 2015
Date Written: June 15, 2012
We study the effects of the ECB monetary policy and the European crisis resolution policies on the 10 year sovereign bond yields of seven European countries. We find that some of the decisions have had significant impact on sovereign bond yields and have succeeded in reducing stress in the financial markets. However, the impact of the same policy decision might have been positive for some countries while negative for others, suggesting that contagion effects may be important. The economically most significant effects on the bond yields have been due to the announcement of ECB's Securities Market Programme.
Keywords: bond markets, policy effects, liquidity, European sovereign debt crisis, monetary policy
JEL Classification: F34, E42, G15
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