Did Unconventional Interventions Unfreeze the Credit Market?
- American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics (Forthcoming)
This paper investigates whether and how unconventional interventions in 2008-2010 unfroze the credit market. We construct a dataset of 198 interventions for 16 countries during 2008-2010 and examine heterogeneous responses in stock prices to the interventions across 7873 non-financial firms in those countries. Stock prices increase when the interventions are announced, particularly for firms with greater intrinsic need for external capital. This pattern is corroborated by subsequent expansions in firm investment, R&D expenditure, and employment. Among various forms of interventions, recapitalization of banks appears particularly effective in channeling the intervention effects from financial to non-financial sectors.
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