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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Capital Flows, Push Versus Pull Factors And The Global Financial Crisis

    The causes of the 2008 collapse and subsequent surge in global capital flows remain an open and highly controversial issue. Employing a factor model coupled with a dataset of high-frequency portfolio capital flows to 50 economies, the paper finds that common shocks - key crisis events as well as changes...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Real-time Data And Fiscal Policy Analysis: A Survey Of The Literature

    This paper surveys the empirical research on fiscal policy analysis based on real-time data. This paper can be broadly divided in three groups that focus on: the statistical properties of revisions in fiscal data; the political and institutional determinants of fiscal data revisions and of one-year-ahead projection errors by governments...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Theoretical Notes On Bubbles And The Current Crisis

    The authors explore a view of the crisis as a shock to investor sentiment that led to the collapse of a bubble or pyramid scheme in financial markets. They embed this view in a standard model of the financial accelerator and explore its empirical and policy implications. In particular, they...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Sovereign Credit Ratings And Financial Markets Linkages: Application To European Data

    The authors use EU sovereign bond yield and CDS spreads daily data to carry out an event study analysis on the reaction of government yield spreads before and after announcements from rating agencies (Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fitch). The results show: significant responses of government bond yield spreads to changes...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Do Financial Investors Destabilize The Oil Price?

    In this paper, the authors assess whether and to what extent financial activity in the oil futures markets has contributed to destabilize oil prices in recent years. They define a destabilizing financial shock as a shift in oil prices that is not related to current and expected fundamentals, and thereby...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Systemic Risk-Taking: Amplification Effects, Externalities, And Regulatory Responses

    This paper analyzes the efficiency of risk-taking decisions in an economy that is prone to systemic risk, captured by financial amplification effects that occur in response to strong adverse shocks. It shows that decentralized agents who have unconstrained access to a complete set of Arrow securities choose to expose themselves...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    The Basel III Framework For Liquidity Standards And Monetary Policy Implementation

    Basel III introduces for the first time an international framework for liquidity risk regulation, reflecting the experience of excessive liquidity risk taking of banks in the run up to the financial crisis that erupted in August 2007, and associated negative externalities. As central banks play a crucial role in the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Determinants Of Credit-Less Recoveries

    This paper aims to shed light on the characteristics and particularly the determinants of credit-less recoveries. After building a dataset and documenting some stylised facts of credit-less recoveries in emerging market economies, this paper uses panel probit models to analyze key determinants of credit-less recoveries. The authors' main findings are...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Systemic Risk And Financial Development In A Monetary Model

    In a stochastic pure endowment economy with money but no financial markets, two types of agents trade one non-durable goods using two alternative types of cash constraints. Simulations of the corresponding variants are compared to Arrow-Debreu and Autarky equilibriums. First, this illustrates how financial innovation or financial regression, including systemic...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Have Euro Area And EU Economic Governance Worked? Just The Facts

    The authors test whether two key elements of the EU and euro area economic governance framework, the Stability and Growth Pact and the Lisbon Strategy, have had any impact on macroeconomic outcomes. They test this proposition using a difference-in-difference approach on a panel of over 30 countries, some of which...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Predictive Content Of Sectoral Stock Prices: A US-Euro Area Comparison

    This paper examines the out-of-sample forecast performance of sectoral stock market indicators for real GDP, private consumption and investment growth up to 4 quarters ahead in the US and the euro area. The findings are that the predictive content of sectoral stock market indicators: is potentially strong, particularly for the...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Fiscal Data Revisions In Europe

    Public deficit figures are subject to revisions, as most macroeconomic aggregates are. Nevertheless, in the case of Europe, the latter could be particularly worrisome given the role of fiscal data in the functioning of EU's multilateral surveillance rules. Adherence to such rules is judged upon initial releases of data, in...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Exact Likelihood Computation For Nonlinear DSGE Models With Heteroskedastic Innovations

    Phenomena such as the Great Moderation have increased the attention of macro-economists towards models where shock processes are not (log-) normal. This paper studies a class of discrete-time rational expectations models where the variance of exogenous innovations is subject to stochastic regime shifts. The authors first show that, up to...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    How Wages Respond To Shocks: Asymmetry In The Speed Of Adjustment

    The time series of various economic variables often exhibit asymmetry: decreases in the values tend to be sharp and fast, whereas increases usually occur slowly and gradually. The authors detect signs of an analogous asymmetry in firms' wage setting behaviour on the basis of managerial surveys, with employers tending to...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Stock Market Reaction To The 2005 Non-Tradable Share Reform In China

    During 2005-2006, the Chinese government implemented a reform aimed at eliminating the so-called Non-Tradable Shares (NTS), shares typically held by the State or by politically connected institutional investors that were issued at the early stage of financial market development. The analysis, based on the time series of risk factors and...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Financial Frictions And Optimal Monetary Policy In An Open Economy

    A growing number of papers have studied positive and normative implications of financial frictions in DSGE models. The authors contribute to this literature by studying the welfare-based monetary policy in a two-country model characterized by financial frictions, alongside a number of key features, like capital accumulation, non-traded goods and foreign-currency...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Who Invests In Home Equity To Exempt Wealth From Bankruptcy?

    Homestead exemptions to personal bankruptcy allow households to retain their home equity up to a limit determined at the state level. Households that may experience bankruptcy thus have an incentive to bias their portfolios towards home equity. Using US household data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation for...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    A Monetary Policy Strategy In Good And Bad Times: Lessons From The Recent Past

    The authors evaluate the ECB's monetary policy strategy against the underlying economic structure of the euro area economy, in normal times and in times of severe financial dislocations. They show that in the years preceding the financial crisis that started in 2007 the strategy was successful at ensuring macroeconomic stability...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Bank Lending Channel: Lessons From The Crisis

    The 2007-2010 financial crises highlighted the central role of financial intermediaries' stability in buttressing a smooth transmission of credit to borrowers. While results from the years prior to the crisis often cast doubts on the strength of the bank lending channel, recent evidence shows that bank-specific characteristics can have a...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    On The Importance Of Sectoral And Regional Shocks For Price-Setting

    The authors use a novel disaggregate sectoral euro area data set with a regional breakdown to investigate price changes and suggest a new method to extract factors from over-lapping data blocks. This allows them to separately estimate aggregate, sectoral, country-specific and regional components of price changes. They thereby provide an...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Distributional Dynamics Under Smoothly State-Dependent Pricing

    Starting from the assumption that firms are more likely to adjust their prices when doing so is more valuable, this paper analyzes monetary policy shocks in a DSGE model with firm-level heterogeneity. The model is calibrated to retail price microdata, and inflation responses are decomposed into "Intensive", "Extensive", and "Selection"...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Central Bank Communication On Financial Stability

    Central banks regularly communicate about financial stability issues, by publishing Financial Stability Reports (FSRs) and through speeches and interviews. The paper asks how such communications affect financial markets. Building a unique dataset, it provides an empirical assessment of the reactions of stock markets to more than 1000 releases of FSRs...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Business Cycle Dynamics Under Rational Inattention

    The authors develop a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with rational inattention by households and firms. Consumption responds slowly to interest rate changes because households decide to pay little attention to the real interest rate. Prices respond quickly to some shocks and slowly to other shocks. The mix of fast...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Financial Remoteness And The Net External Position

    This paper shows that, controlling for standard determinants of net external positions; financially-remote countries exhibit more positive net external positions. This finding is found to be stronger for less advanced countries, hinting at external funding problems for more remote countries. Being located near financially very open countries, being in currency...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Securitization, Bank Lending And Credit Quality: The Case Of Spain

    While the 2007-2010 financial crises have hit a variety of countries asymmetrically, the case of Spain is particularly illustrative: this country experienced a pronounced housing bubble partly funded via spectacular developments in its securitization markets leading to looser credit standards and subsequent financial stability problems. The authors analyze the sequential...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    The Effectiveness Of Monetary Policy In Steering Money Market Rates During The Recent Financial Crisis

    The recent financial crisis deeply affected the money market yield curve and thus, potentially, the proper functioning of the interest rate channel of monetary policy transmission. Therefore, the authors analyze the effectiveness of monetary policy in steering euro area money market rates using two measures: first, the predictability of money...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Systemic Risk Diagnostics: Coincident Indicators And Early Warning Signals

    The authors propose a novel framework to assess financial system risk. Using a dynamic factor framework based on state-space methods, they construct coincident measures ('Thermometers') and a forward looking indicator for the likelihood of simultaneous failure of a large number of financial intermediaries. The indicators are based on latent macro-financial...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Welfare Costs Of Inflation And The Circulation Of US Currency Abroad

    Empirical studies of the "Shoe-leather" costs of inflation are typically computed using M1 as a measure of money. Yet, official data on M1 includes all currency issued, regardless of the country of residence of the holder. Using monetary data adjusted for US dollars abroad, the authors show that the failure...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Wage Structure Effects Of International Trade: Evidence From A Small Open Economy

    In the last decades, international trade has increased between industrialised countries and between high- and low-wage countries. This important change has raised questions on how international trade affects the labour market. In this spirit, this paper aims to investigate the impact of international trade on wage dispersion in a small...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Nowcasting Inflation Using High Frequency Data

    This paper proposes a methodology to nowcast and forecast inflation using data with sampling frequency higher than monthly. The nowcasting literature has been focused on GDP, typically using monthly indicators in order to produce an accurate estimate for the current and next quarter. This paper exploits data with weekly and...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Structural Reforms And Macroeconomic Performance In The Euro Area Countries: A Model-based Assessment

    The authors quantitatively assess the macroeconomic effects of country-specific supply-side reforms in the euro area by simulating EAGLE, a multi-country dynamic general equilibrium model. They consider reforms in the labor and services markets of Germany (or, alternatively, Portugal) and the rest of the euro area. Their main results are as...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Business Cycle Synchronisation: Disentangling Trade And Financial Linkages

    Drawing on a large sample of countries, this paper explores whether closer economic ties between countries foster business cycle synchronisation and disentangles the role of the various channels, including trade and financial linkages as well as the similarity in sectoral specialisation. Overall, the results confirm that trade integration fosters business...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Macroeconomic Implications Of Downward Wage Rigidities

    Growth of wages, unemployment, employment and vacancies exhibit strong asymmetries between expansionary and contractionary phases. In this paper the authors analyze to what degree downward wage rigidities in the bargaining process affect other variables of the economy. They introduce asymmetric wage adjustment costs in a New-Keynesian DSGE model with search...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    What Lies Beneath? A Time-varying Favar Model For The UK Transmission Mechanism

    This paper uses a time-varying Factor Augmented VAR to investigate the evolving transmission of monetary policy and demand shocks in the UK. Simultaneous estimation of time-varying impulse responses of a large set of macroeconomic variables and disaggregated prices suggest that the response of inflation, money supply and asset prices to...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Fiscal Developments And Financial Stress: A Threshold VAR Analysis

    The authors use a threshold VAR analysis to study whether the effects of fiscal policy on economic activity differ depending on financial market conditions. In particular, they investigate the possibility of a non-linear propagation of fiscal developments according to different financial market stress regimes. More specifically they employ a quarterly...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Using The Global Dimension To Identify Shocks With Sign Restrictions

    Identification of structural VARs using sign restrictions has become increasingly popular in the academic literature. This paper argues that identification of shocks can benefit from introducing a global dimension, and shows that summarising information by the median of the available impulse responses - as commonly done in the literature -...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Financial Imbalances And Financial Fragility

    This paper develops a general equilibrium model to analyze the link between financial imbalances and financial crises. The model features an interbank market subject to frictions and where two equilibria may (co-)exist. The normal times equilibrium is characterized by a deep market with highly leveraged banks. The crisis time's equilibrium...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    The ECBs New Multi-country Model For The Euro Area: NMCM - With Boundedly Rational Learning Expectations

    Rational expectations has been the dominant way to model expectations, but the literature has quickly moved to a more realistic assumption of boundedly rational learning where agents are assumed to use only a limited set of information to form their expectations. A standard assumption is that agents form expectations by...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    The ECBs New Multi-country Model For The Euro Area: NMCM - Simulated With Rational Expectations

    The model presented here is a New estimated medium-scale Multi-Country Model (NMCM) which covers the five largest euro area countries and is used for forecasting and scenarios analysis at the European Central Bank. The model has a tight theoretical structure which allows for non-unitary elasticity of substitution, non-constant augmenting technical...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Price And Wage Setting In Portugal: Learning By Asking

    This paper presents the main findings of a survey conducted on a sample of Portuguese firms. The main aim was to identify some relevant characteristics about the dynamics of prices and wages in Portugal. The most important conclusions are: changes to wages are more synchronized than changes to prices; most...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Macroeconomic Forecasting And Structural Change

    The aim of this paper is to assess whether explicitly modeling structural change increases the accuracy of macroeconomic forecasts. The authors produce real time out-of-sample forecasts for inflation, the unemployment rate and the interest rate using a Time-Varying Coefficients VAR with Stochastic Volatility (TV-VAR) for the US. The model generates...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Mortgage Indebtedness And Household Financial Distress

    Using comparable survey data from twelve European countries from 1994 to 2001 the authors investigate households' attitudes towards mortgage indebtedness. The authors find that a given debt burden creates much higher distress in countries with fewer mortgage holders relative to countries where a significant part of households uses mortgage debt....

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    The Pricing Of Subprime Mortgage Risk In Good Times And Bad Evidence From the ABX.HE Indices

    This paper investigates the market pricing of subprime mortgage risk on the basis of data for the ABX.HE family of indices, which have become a key barometer of mortgage market conditions during the recent financial crisis. After an introduction into ABX index mechanics and a discussion of historical pricing patterns,...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    On The Real Effects Of Private Equity Investment: Evidence From New Business Creation

    Using a comprehensive database of European firms, authors outlines how private equity affects the rate of firm entry. We find that private equity investment benefits new business incorporation, especially in industries with naturally higher entry rates and R&D intensity. A two standard deviation increase in private equity investment explains as...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    From Convoy To Parting Ways? Post Crisis Divergence Between European And US Macroeconomic Policies

    The paper is extremely interesting and stimulating. The author will not discuss all the arguments, but will rather focus on a few issues, mainly related to monetary policy, given the comparative advantage. In the paper, Pisani-Ferry and Posen try to explain the differences in policies on both sides of the...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Downward Wage Rigidity And Optimal Steady State Inflation

    This paper contains research conducted within the Wage Dynamics Network (WDN). The WDN is a research network consisting of economists from the European Central Bank (ECB) and the National Central Banks (NCBs) of the EU countries. The WDN aims at studying in depth the features and sources of wage and...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Monetary Policy Strategy In A Global Environment

    Since the mid-1980s the world economy has gone through profound transformations of which the sources and effects are probably not yet completely understood. The process of continuous integration in trade, production and financial markets across countries and economic regions - which is what is generally defined as "Globalization" - affects...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Non? Standard Monetary Policy Measures And Monetary Developments

    Standard accounts of the Great Depression (notably the seminal offering of Friedman and Schwartz, 1963) attribute an important causal role to monetary policy errors in accounting for the catastrophic collapse in economic activity observed in the early 1930s. In particular, the Federal Reserve's failure to halt the collapse in the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Theoretical Notes On Bubbles And The Current Crisis

    The authors explore a view of the crisis as a shock to investor sentiment that led to the collapse of a bubble or pyramid scheme in financial markets. They embed this view in a standard model of the financial accelerator and explore its empirical and policy implications. In particular, they...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Sovereign Credit Ratings And Financial Markets Linkages: Application To European Data

    The authors use EU sovereign bond yield and CDS spreads daily data to carry out an event study analysis on the reaction of government yield spreads before and after announcements from rating agencies (Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fitch). The results show: significant responses of government bond yield spreads to changes...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Do Financial Investors Destabilize The Oil Price?

    In this paper, the authors assess whether and to what extent financial activity in the oil futures markets has contributed to destabilize oil prices in recent years. They define a destabilizing financial shock as a shift in oil prices that is not related to current and expected fundamentals, and thereby...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Systemic Risk-Taking: Amplification Effects, Externalities, And Regulatory Responses

    This paper analyzes the efficiency of risk-taking decisions in an economy that is prone to systemic risk, captured by financial amplification effects that occur in response to strong adverse shocks. It shows that decentralized agents who have unconstrained access to a complete set of Arrow securities choose to expose themselves...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Have Euro Area And EU Economic Governance Worked? Just The Facts

    The authors test whether two key elements of the EU and euro area economic governance framework, the Stability and Growth Pact and the Lisbon Strategy, have had any impact on macroeconomic outcomes. They test this proposition using a difference-in-difference approach on a panel of over 30 countries, some of which...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Predictive Content Of Sectoral Stock Prices: A US-Euro Area Comparison

    This paper examines the out-of-sample forecast performance of sectoral stock market indicators for real GDP, private consumption and investment growth up to 4 quarters ahead in the US and the euro area. The findings are that the predictive content of sectoral stock market indicators: is potentially strong, particularly for the...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Fiscal Data Revisions In Europe

    Public deficit figures are subject to revisions, as most macroeconomic aggregates are. Nevertheless, in the case of Europe, the latter could be particularly worrisome given the role of fiscal data in the functioning of EU's multilateral surveillance rules. Adherence to such rules is judged upon initial releases of data, in...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    Exact Likelihood Computation For Nonlinear DSGE Models With Heteroskedastic Innovations

    Phenomena such as the Great Moderation have increased the attention of macro-economists towards models where shock processes are not (log-) normal. This paper studies a class of discrete-time rational expectations models where the variance of exogenous innovations is subject to stochastic regime shifts. The authors first show that, up to...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    How Wages Respond To Shocks: Asymmetry In The Speed Of Adjustment

    The time series of various economic variables often exhibit asymmetry: decreases in the values tend to be sharp and fast, whereas increases usually occur slowly and gradually. The authors detect signs of an analogous asymmetry in firms' wage setting behaviour on the basis of managerial surveys, with employers tending to...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Stock Market Reaction To The 2005 Non-Tradable Share Reform In China

    During 2005-2006, the Chinese government implemented a reform aimed at eliminating the so-called Non-Tradable Shares (NTS), shares typically held by the State or by politically connected institutional investors that were issued at the early stage of financial market development. The analysis, based on the time series of risk factors and...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    Financial Frictions And Optimal Monetary Policy In An Open Economy

    A growing number of papers have studied positive and normative implications of financial frictions in DSGE models. The authors contribute to this literature by studying the welfare-based monetary policy in a two-country model characterized by financial frictions, alongside a number of key features, like capital accumulation, non-traded goods and foreign-currency...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    Who Invests In Home Equity To Exempt Wealth From Bankruptcy?

    Homestead exemptions to personal bankruptcy allow households to retain their home equity up to a limit determined at the state level. Households that may experience bankruptcy thus have an incentive to bias their portfolios towards home equity. Using US household data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation for...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    A Monetary Policy Strategy In Good And Bad Times: Lessons From The Recent Past

    The authors evaluate the ECB's monetary policy strategy against the underlying economic structure of the euro area economy, in normal times and in times of severe financial dislocations. They show that in the years preceding the financial crisis that started in 2007 the strategy was successful at ensuring macroeconomic stability...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    The Bank Lending Channel: Lessons From The Crisis

    The 2007-2010 financial crises highlighted the central role of financial intermediaries' stability in buttressing a smooth transmission of credit to borrowers. While results from the years prior to the crisis often cast doubts on the strength of the bank lending channel, recent evidence shows that bank-specific characteristics can have a...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // May 2011

    On The Importance Of Sectoral And Regional Shocks For Price-Setting

    The authors use a novel disaggregate sectoral euro area data set with a regional breakdown to investigate price changes and suggest a new method to extract factors from over-lapping data blocks. This allows them to separately estimate aggregate, sectoral, country-specific and regional components of price changes. They thereby provide an...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Distributional Dynamics Under Smoothly State-Dependent Pricing

    Starting from the assumption that firms are more likely to adjust their prices when doing so is more valuable, this paper analyzes monetary policy shocks in a DSGE model with firm-level heterogeneity. The model is calibrated to retail price microdata, and inflation responses are decomposed into "Intensive", "Extensive", and "Selection"...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Central Bank Communication On Financial Stability

    Central banks regularly communicate about financial stability issues, by publishing Financial Stability Reports (FSRs) and through speeches and interviews. The paper asks how such communications affect financial markets. Building a unique dataset, it provides an empirical assessment of the reactions of stock markets to more than 1000 releases of FSRs...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Business Cycle Dynamics Under Rational Inattention

    The authors develop a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with rational inattention by households and firms. Consumption responds slowly to interest rate changes because households decide to pay little attention to the real interest rate. Prices respond quickly to some shocks and slowly to other shocks. The mix of fast...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Financial Remoteness And The Net External Position

    This paper shows that, controlling for standard determinants of net external positions; financially-remote countries exhibit more positive net external positions. This finding is found to be stronger for less advanced countries, hinting at external funding problems for more remote countries. Being located near financially very open countries, being in currency...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Securitization, Bank Lending And Credit Quality: The Case Of Spain

    While the 2007-2010 financial crises have hit a variety of countries asymmetrically, the case of Spain is particularly illustrative: this country experienced a pronounced housing bubble partly funded via spectacular developments in its securitization markets leading to looser credit standards and subsequent financial stability problems. The authors analyze the sequential...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    The Effectiveness Of Monetary Policy In Steering Money Market Rates During The Recent Financial Crisis

    The recent financial crisis deeply affected the money market yield curve and thus, potentially, the proper functioning of the interest rate channel of monetary policy transmission. Therefore, the authors analyze the effectiveness of monetary policy in steering euro area money market rates using two measures: first, the predictability of money...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Systemic Risk Diagnostics: Coincident Indicators And Early Warning Signals

    The authors propose a novel framework to assess financial system risk. Using a dynamic factor framework based on state-space methods, they construct coincident measures ('Thermometers') and a forward looking indicator for the likelihood of simultaneous failure of a large number of financial intermediaries. The indicators are based on latent macro-financial...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Welfare Costs Of Inflation And The Circulation Of US Currency Abroad

    Empirical studies of the "Shoe-leather" costs of inflation are typically computed using M1 as a measure of money. Yet, official data on M1 includes all currency issued, regardless of the country of residence of the holder. Using monetary data adjusted for US dollars abroad, the authors show that the failure...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Wage Structure Effects Of International Trade: Evidence From A Small Open Economy

    In the last decades, international trade has increased between industrialised countries and between high- and low-wage countries. This important change has raised questions on how international trade affects the labour market. In this spirit, this paper aims to investigate the impact of international trade on wage dispersion in a small...

    Provided By European Central Bank

  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Subprime Consumer Credit Demand: Evidence From A Lenders Pricing Experiment

    The authors test the interest rate sensitivity of subprime credit card borrowers using a unique panel data set from a UK credit card company. What is novel about the contribution is that they were given details of a randomized interest rate experiment conducted by the lender between October 2006 and...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Behavioural Characteristics And Financial Distress

    Using a new nationally representative survey of financial capability and experience in the UK and Ireland, the author investigates the key factors that cause individuals to experience financial distress. In this context, a key area that the author focuses on is whether individuals' behavioural traits, such as their capacities for...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    The Immigrant/Native Wealth Gap In Germany, Italy And Luxembourg

    This paper analyses the existence of an immigrant/native wealth gap by using household survey data for Luxembourg, Germany and Italy. The results show that, in all three countries, a sizeable wealth gap exists between natives and immigrants. Towards the upper tail of the wealth distribution the gap narrows to a...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Wealth Mobility And Dynamics Over Entire Individual Working Life Cycles

    The authors study taxable wealth in unique Swedish administrative data, annually following a large sample of households over a period of almost 40 years. The main data limitation is non-observability of wealth for those below the tax exemption level. This implies that much of the focus of the paper is...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Who Lost The Most? Financial Literacy, Cognitive Abilities, And The Financial Crisis

    The authors study how and to what extent private households are affected by the recent financial crisis and how their financial decisions are influenced by this shock. The analysis reveals that individuals with low levels of financial literacy are less likely to have invested in the stock market and thus...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Consumption And Initial Mortgage Conditions: Evidence From Survey Data

    Economic theory predicts that the consumption path of unconstrained homeowners responds to the interest rate, while the consumption path of credit constrained homeowners is determined by the size and timing of payments (mortgage maturity). The authors exploit the rapid expansion of mortgage markets during the last decade in Spain and...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Financial Advice And Stock Market Participation

    The authors introduce professional financial advice in households' choice to hold risky financial assets. Consistent with the predictions from a formal model, they present evidence that households' trust in financial advice only matters when their perceived own financial capability is low. Instead, for households with higher financial capability, only the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Which Households Use Banks? Evidence From The Transition Economies

    This paper uses survey data for 29,000 households from 29 transition economies to explore how the use of banking services is related to household characteristics, bank ownership structure and the development of the financial infrastructure. At the household level the authors find that the holding of a bank account or...

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