567 - Applying complexity theory to interest rates: Evidence of critical transitions in the euro area

DNB Working Papers
Date 4 September 2017
We apply complexity theory to financial markets to show that excess liquidity created by the Eurosystem has led to critical transitions in the configuration of interest rates. Complexity indicators turn out to be useful signals of tipping points and subsequent regime shifts in interest rates. We find that the critical transitions are related to the increase of excess liquidity in the euro area. These insights can help central banks to strike the right balance between the intention to support the financial system by injecting liquidity and potential unintended side-effects on market functioning.
 
Keywords: interest rates, central banks and their policies, monetary policy.
JEL classifications: E43, E58, E52.