Eurobonds (or Coronabonds) Would not Be Costly for Northern Euro Area Countries

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Abstract Well-designed eurobonds would lower financing costs for many euro area countries while hardly or not increasing the costs for the others. These bonds should have an explicit guarantee from the ECB. The bonds could be used up to a limit of GDP (a low number of 10-25% of GDP would allow to observe market reactions before deciding whether to expand). Their introduction would increase the costs on regular German 10-year bonds by at most 10 to 30 basis points.
Authors Weber, Matthias
Journal or Publication Title LSE Business Review
Language English
Subjects economics
HSG Classification contribution to practical use / society
HSG Profile Area SOF - System-wide Risk in the Financial System
Date 16 April 2020
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