Whatever it Takes. What's the Impact of a Major Nonconventional Monetary Policy Intervention?
34 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 1, 2018
We assess how a major, unconventional central bank intervention, Draghi's "whatever it takes" speech, affected lending conditions. Similar to other large interventions, it responded to adverse financial and macroeconomic developments that also influenced the supply and demand for credit. We avoid such endogeneity concerns by comparing credit granted and its conditions by individual banks to the same borrower in a third country. We show that the intervention reversed prior risk-taking - in volume, price, and risk ratings - by subsidiaries of euro area banks relative to other local and foreign banks. Our results document a new effect of interventions and are robust along many dimensions.
Keywords: unconventional monetary policy, credit conditions, spillovers
JEL Classification: E51, F34, G21
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