Bond Market Stimulus: Firm-Level Evidence

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Olivier Darmouni

Columbia University - Columbia Business School, Finance

Kerry Siani

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

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Date Written: September 29, 2023

Abstract

How do asset purchases by central banks transmit to the real economy? Using micro-data on corporate balance sheets, we study firm behavior after the unprecedented policy support to corporate bond markets in 2020. As bond yields fell, firms issued bonds to accumulate large and persistent amounts of liquid assets. The effects on real investment was generally weak: many issuers already had access to bank liquidity and maintained equity payouts, while others used bond funds to pay back bank debt. This evidence sheds light on how corporate liquidity and financial heterogeneity matter for the macro-economy and the transmission of unconventional policy.

Keywords: Corporate bonds, unconventional monetary policy, corporate liquidity

JEL Classification: G23, E44, G32, E52

Suggested Citation

Darmouni, Olivier and Siani, Kerry, Bond Market Stimulus: Firm-Level Evidence (September 29, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3693282 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3693282

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