Purchases of Sovereign Debt Securities by Italian Banks During the Crisis: The Role of Balance-Sheet Conditions
43 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2016
Date Written: June 6, 2016
This paper analyses the main microeconomic determinants of Italian banks’ purchases of sovereign debt securities from 2007 to 2013, with special reference to their balance-sheet conditions. The analysis distinguishes two phases of the crisis – the period following the Lehman Brothers collapse and the sovereign debt crisis – and different types of banks (large and small). Results show that banks’ specific characteristics and balance-sheet features do matter and that banks use government securities purchases to support their financial and economic conditions. The influence of the balance-sheet conditions differs according to the phase of the crisis and the type of bank.
Keywords: financial crisis, securities portfolio, banks’ balance sheets, sovereign risk
JEL Classification: G01, G21, H63
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