A Capital Structure Channel of Monetary Policy

Benjamin Grosse-Rueschkamp, Sascha Steffen, Daniel Streitz

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Abstrakt

We study the transmission channels from central banks’ quantitative easing programs via the banking sector when central banks start purchasing corporate bonds. We find evidence consistent with a “capital structure channel” of monetary policy. The announcement of central bank purchases reduces the bond yields of firms whose bonds are eligible for central bank purchases. These firms substitute bank term loans with bond debt, thereby relaxing banks’ lending constraints: banks with low tier-1 ratios and high nonperforming loans increase lending to private (and profitable) firms, which experience a growth in investment. The credit reallocation increases banks’ risk-taking in corporate credit.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Financial Economics
Vol/bind133
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)357-378
Antal sider22
ISSN0304-405X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2019

Emneord

  • Debt capital structure
  • Bond debt
  • Unconventional monetary policy
  • Quantitative easing
  • Real effects

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