ECB Interventions in Distressed Sovereign Debt Markets: The Case of Greek Bonds

49 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2012 Last revised: 7 May 2014

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Christoph Trebesch

Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Jeromin Zettelmeyer

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; CEPR

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Date Written: March 31, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the determinants and effects of ECB interventions in times of severe distress. We focus on the Greek government bond market in mid-2010 and use a unique new dataset to show, for the first time, what type of bonds the ECB bought. We then explore the short-term effects of ECB purchases at the bond-level. The results show a large impact of the interventions on the targeted instruments. Bonds bought by the ECB see a much steeper drop in yields than those not bought. This is consistent with theories of "local supply effects" in segmented or illiquid bond markets.‬

Keywords: Central Bank Asset Purchases, Securities Markets Programme, Eurozone Crisis, Sovereign Risk, Market Segmentation

JEL Classification: E43, E58, F34, G12

Suggested Citation

Trebesch, Christoph and Zettelmeyer, Jeromin, ECB Interventions in Distressed Sovereign Debt Markets: The Case of Greek Bonds (March 31, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4731. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2148301

Christoph Trebesch (Contact Author)

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Jeromin Zettelmeyer

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics ( email )

1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

CEPR ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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