674 - Demand shocks for public debt in the Eurozone

DNB Working Papers
Date 2 March 2020
In this paper we use high-frequency (intraday) government bond futures price changes around German and Italian Treasury auctions to identify unexpected shifts in the demand for public debt. Estimates show that positive demand shocks lead to large and persistent negative movements in Treasury yields. There is also evidence of significant spillover effects into Treasury bond, equity and corporate bond markets of other euro area countries. We find interesting differences in the effects of demands shocks between the two countries, which are consistent with the “safe-haven” status of German bonds versus the “high-debt” status of Italian Treasuries. Results also suggest that these effects are stronger during periods of high financial stress.

Keywords: Sovereign bonds, Primary market, High-frequency identification, Yield curve. 
JEL Classifications: F4, E43, G15.