Scarcity and Spotlight Effects on Liquidity: Quantitative Easing in Japan

47 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2018 Last revised: 18 Apr 2018

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Loriana Pelizzon

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE; Ca Foscari University of Venice

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University - Stern School of Business

Reiko Tobe

Waseda University - Graduate School of Finance, Accounting & Law

Jun Uno

Waseda University

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Date Written: April 5, 2018

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of the term structures of bond yield and market liquidity in the context of the Quantitative Easing (QE) programs implemented by the Bank of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016, we find that Japanese government bonds (JGBs) show an improvement in liquidity through the spotlight effect but also experience a deterioration in liquidity through the scarcity effect. As for the yield, both the spotlight and scarcity effects work in the same direction (i.e., they raise bond prices). Overall, the prices of JGBs rise by reflecting only the strong demand from the QE, despite the deterioration in liquidity.

Keywords: Sovereign bonds, quantitative easing, market liquidity, scarcity, spotlight

JEL Classification: C54; E43; E52; E58; G12; G14

Suggested Citation

Pelizzon, Loriana and Subrahmanyam, Marti G. and Tobe, Reiko and Uno, Jun, Scarcity and Spotlight Effects on Liquidity: Quantitative Easing in Japan (April 5, 2018). Asian Finance Association (AsianFA) 2018 Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3107603 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3107603

Loriana Pelizzon

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE ( email )

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Marti G. Subrahmanyam

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Reiko Tobe

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Jun Uno (Contact Author)

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