Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52129
Authors: 
Abbassi, Puriya
Nautz, Dieter
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2011,24
Abstract: 
The Eurosystem's main refinancing operations (MRO) are key for the interbank money market and the monetary transmission process in the euro area. This paper investigates how money market rates respond to the information revealed by various aspects of an MRO auction outcome. Our results confirm that the level of MRO rates governed short-term money market rates before the financial crisis. Since the start of the financial crisis, however, the information content of MRO rates has changed. While the levels of MRO rates have lost much of their pre-crisis significance, the spread between the weighted average and the marginal MRO rate has become an important barometer for the actual situation in the money market during the crisis.
Subjects: 
monetary policy implementation
central bank auctions
European Central Bank
money markets and financial crisis
JEL: 
E43
E52
E58
D44
ISBN: 
978-3-86558-757-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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