Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/157253
Authors: 
Schlepper, Kathi
Riordan, Ryan
Hofer, Heiko
Schrimpf, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, Deutsche Bundesbank 06/2017
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the scarcity effects of quantitative easing (QE) policies, drawing on intra-day transaction-level data for German government bonds, purchased under the Public Sector Purchase Program (PSPP) of the ECB/Eurosystem. This paper is the first to match high-frequency QE purchase data with high-frequency inter-dealer data. We find economically significant price impacts at high (minute-by-minute) and low (daily) frequencies, highlighting the relevance of scarcity effects in bond markets. Asset purchase policies are not without side effects, though, as the induced scarcity has an adverse impact on liquidity conditions as measured by bid-ask spreads and inter-dealer order book depth. We further show that the price impact varies greatly with market conditions: it is considerably higher during episodes of illiquidity and when yields are higher.
Subjects: 
Quantitative Easing
European Central Bank
Scarcity Channel
Bond Market Liquidity
High-Frequency Data
JEL: 
E52
E63
G11
G12
H63
ISBN: 
978-3-95729-349-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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