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Macroeconomic Effects of Non-Standard Monetary Policy Measures in the Euro Area: The Role of Corporate Bond Purchases

50 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2017  

Anna Bartocci

Bank of Italy

Lorenzo Burlon

Bank of Italy

Alessandro Notarpietro

Bank of Italy

Massimiliano Pisani

Bank of Italy

Date Written: September 27, 2017

Abstract

This paper evaluates the macroeconomic effects of the corporate sector purchase programme (CSPP) implemented in the euro area by the Eurosystem. For this purpose we calibrate and simulate a monetary-union dynamic general equilibrium model. We assume that entrepreneurs can finance their spending by issuing bonds in the domestic corporate bond market and by borrowing from domestic banks. We found that the March 2016 CSPP boosts euro-area GDP by around 0.3% in the second year (peak level). Inflation rises too but by a smaller amount. Second, taking into account the programme’s extension in December 2016, its overall impact on GDP amounts to 0.6%. Third, the CSPP also stimulates banking activity, because the improvement in macroeconomic conditions leads to higher demand for loans from households and entrepreneurs. Fourth, an early exit from the CSPP negatively impacts its macroeconomic effectiveness, while forward guidance on monetary policy rate enhances it.

Keywords: DSGE models, financial frictions, open-economy macroeconomics, non-standard monetary policy, corporate bonds, forward guidance, euro area

JEL Classification: E43, E44, E52 E58

Suggested Citation

Bartocci, Anna and Burlon, Lorenzo and Notarpietro, Alessandro and Pisani, Massimiliano, Macroeconomic Effects of Non-Standard Monetary Policy Measures in the Euro Area: The Role of Corporate Bond Purchases (September 27, 2017). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 1136. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051106

Anna Bartocci

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Lorenzo Burlon

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Alessandro Notarpietro

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

Massimiliano Pisani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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