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Michele Andreolli (London Business School)

28 January 2022 @ 12:00 - 13:15


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28 January 2022
12:00 - 13:15
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” Monetary Policy and the Maturity Structure of Public Debt ”


Abstract. This paper studies the mediating impact of the maturity of public debt in the transmission of monetary policy shocks to economic activity. A longer debt maturity attenuates greatly the effect of monetary policy: going from the average historical duration of US debt to very short term debt doubles the impact of a rise of the policy rate on output. A similar result holds in UK data. Using data on corporate debt, spreads, investment, and fiscal variables, I show that these effects can be traced back to a quantitatively important financing channel. A model featuring an interaction between an empirically estimated primary market friction and a standard financial accelerator is able to account for these facts.