Bond spreads and economic activity in eight European economies
Bleaney, Michael and Mizen, Paul and Veleanu, Veronica (2016) Bond spreads and economic activity in eight European economies. Economic Journal, 126 (598). pp. 2257-2291. ISSN 0013-0133
We provide new insights into the relationship between financial market tightness and real activity, using a new database of corporate bonds issued in eight European countries. Bond spreads have a significant negative relationship with four real activity variables at horizons 1–8 quarters ahead. The relationship is robust to adding measures of monetary policy tightness and leading indicators, providing strong support for models previously only evaluated on US data. A subset of northern European countries have similar sensitivity of real GDP to bond spreads, but others have greater sensitivity to bond spreads, revealing diverse responses in Europe to financial market tightness.
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