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IMF Policy Analysis


Petya Koeva Brooks and Mahmood Pradhan


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The mechanics of a strong Euro area / editors: Petya Koeva Brooks and Mahmood Pradhan. – Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund, 2015.

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1. Euro. 2. Monetary policy – European Economic Community countries. 3. Currency question – European Economic Community countries. 4. Global Financial Crisis, 2008–2009. I. Koeva, Petya. II, Pradhan, Mahmood, 1957– III. International Monetary Fund.

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  • Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

  • Preface

  • Contributors

  • Abbreviations and Acronyms


  • 1 | Investment in the Euro Area: Why Has It Been Weak?

    • Bergljot Barkbu, S. Pelin Berkmen, Pavel Lukyantsau, Sergejs Saksonovs, and Hanni Schoelermann

  • 2 | Indebtedness and Deleveraging in the Euro Area

    • Fabian Bornhorst and Marta Ruiz-Arranz

  • 3 | Rebalancing: Where Do We Stand and Where to Go?

    • Thierry Tressel and Shengzu Wang


  • 4 | Fragmentation, the Monetary Transmission Mechanism, and Monetary Policy in the Euro Area

    • Ali Al-Eyd and S. Pelin Berkmen

  • 5 | Possible Subordination Effects of Eurosystem Bond Purchases

    • Nico Valckx, Kenichi Ueda, and Manmohan Singh

  • 6 | An Early Assessment of Quantitative Easing

    • S. Pelin Berkmen and Andreas (Andy) Jobst

  • 7 | Fiscal Consolidation under the Stability and Growth Pact: Some Illustrative Simulations

    • Derek Anderson, Marialuz Moreno Badia, Esther Perez Ruiz, Stephen Snudden, and Francis Vitek

  • 8 | Fiscal Governance in the Euro Area: Progress and Challenges

    • Luc Eyraud and Tao Wu


  • 9 | A Banking Union for the Euro Area

    • Rishi Goyal, Petya Koeva Brooks, Mahmood Pradhan, Thierry Tressel, Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Ross Leckow, and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

  • 10 | Toward a Fiscal Union for the Euro Area

    • IMF Staff Team Led By Céline Allard


  • 11 | Capital Market Development: Financing of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Euro Area

    • Ali Al-Eyd, Bergljot Barkbu, S. Pelin Berkmen, John Bluedorn, Andreas (Andy) Jobst, and Alexander Tieman

  • 12 | Youth Unemployment in Europe: Okun’s Law and Beyond

    • Angana Banerji, Huidan Lin, Sergejs Saksonovs, and Rodolphe Blavy

  • Index


In line with its mandate, the International Monetary Fund has over the years been reviewing the design of and developments in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in Europe. With the introduction of the euro as the single currency in 11 European Union member states at the beginning of 1999, the IMF faced the new challenge of having to conduct surveillance for a systemically important monetary union. It has addressed this situation by pursuing a dual-track approach: conducting a surveillance exercise of the euro area’s policies that provides an adequate context for national Article IV consultations with the now 19 members of the euro area. Furthermore, with the introduction of the euro and the single monetary and exchange rate policy conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB), the bilateral relationship with the ECB has been reinforced, as reflected in the granting of IMF observer status to the ECB in 1998.

The ECB, the European Commission, and other European institutions and bodies responsible for policies falling within the purview of the IMF participate in regular consultations with Fund staff as part of the IMF’s surveillance for the annual report on euro area policies. As such, the IMF is an important counterpart on macroeconomic, macro-financial, and macro-critical structural policy issues that are crucial to the functioning of the euro area as a whole and of its member states. The Fund has also given increased attention to further improvements to the institutional framework governing the euro area.

Following the global financial crisis in 2008, IMF surveillance of the euro area has been especially useful in the challenging environment facing the euro area. The subsequent euro area sovereign debt crisis added to the challenges the EMU had to cope with. In this more recent period, the Fund has significantly intensified its surveillance, including of the euro area and its constituent countries. It has responded to the shortcomings exposed by the crisis with new initiatives and a strengthening of practices in key areas, for example, with better analysis of spillovers, macrofinancial linkages, and risk assessment. In addressing the imperfections of the euro area governance framework as designed at the outset of the EMU, a shift from national toward more coordinated or centralized policymaking has been taking place. The Fund has actively made suggestions about how to reinforce the institutional architecture of the EMU, advocating in particular more financial and fiscal integration. This book presents a vivid example of Fund staff contributions of pertinent advice to euro area policymakers based on sound analytical underpinnings reflecting broad cross-country experiences.

Looking to the future, IMF surveillance of the euro area will inevitably adjust in light of strengthened EMU architecture. The main elements of a banking union have already been put in place, most notably the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism. The recent Five Presidents’ Report on Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union sets out various ideas for a further deepening of the EMU. Based on the experience of the past few years, as illustrated in this book, I have no doubt that the assessments and advice provided by Fund staff will continue to be highly appreciated by euro area policymakers as they strive toward a more complete EMU.

Peter Praet

Member of the Executive Board

European Central Bank


This book is the product of a long period of collaboration among many departments at the IMF. In addition to numerous colleagues in the European Department, including our Director Poul Thomsen and his predecessor Reza Moghadam, we are extremely grateful to our colleagues in the Fiscal Affairs Department; the Legal Department; the Monetary and Capital Markets Department; the Research Department; and the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department. All these departments have played an active role not only in reviewing the chapters in this volume, but also as energetic participants in the policy discussions at the Fund that have ultimately shaped the agenda for the annual Article IV consultations with the euro area institutions. Many of our colleagues worked very closely with us and are authors of some of the chapters in this volume.

We are also extremely grateful to numerous officials—certainly way too many to mention individually here—in Europe. During the past four years we have benefited from extensive discussions on all of the topics covered here with officials at the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism, the European Investment Bank, and the European Banking Authority. They have all been exceptionally generous with their time and, without assigning any responsibility, their detailed comments have undoubtedly improved all of the chapters herein.


The euro area has experienced an unprecedented economic downturn and exceptional financial market turmoil in the past few years. Policymakers have faced the twin challenge of addressing cyclical economic weakness—not unlike other industrial countries following the global economic crisis—and the underlying weaknesses in the architecture of the currency union, weaknesses that appear to have been masked during the first relatively calm years of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Among member states, many structural weaknesses were exposed when economic performance declined significantly and financial markets became more discerning.

It would be an understatement to say euro area policymakers have been busy addressing these challenges. Demand support in response to the pervasive weakness throughout the region has necessarily relied heavily on monetary accommodation given the constraints of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), including the need to balance growth and debt stability objectives in some countries. At the same time, the euro area has embarked on fundamental changes in its financial and economic architecture, such as the Banking Union, a much stronger and clearer bail-in mechanism for resolution of banks, and more centralized supervision of banks at the European Central Bank (ECB) under the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Much has been done, yet important concerns linger. Unemployment, especially among the young, is still stubbornly and unacceptably high, posing the risk of a lost generation. Debt levels—both public and private—remain elevated. Capital markets have become more fragmented as cross-border flows have declined and banks have become more national. The impact of these reversals of trends toward more integration has been felt particularly in the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector, where borrowing rates remain too high in some countries and credit flows too weak. Very low inflation is a worrying sign of the anemic recovery. It signals still-substantial slack in the euro area, and complicates the task of reducing debt and unemployment. And persistently low investment and high unemployment threaten the long-term productive capacity of the euro area economy.

A strong and sustained recovery is needed to repair the damage from the crisis. Because many factors are weighing on growth, no single action can address its revitalization. Instead, reviving growth requires complementary policy actions to (1) support demand (by undertaking monetary policy measures and pacing fiscal adjustment while preserving the integrity of the SGP), (2) make more progress on EMU architecture (by repairing bank balance sheets and advancing and consolidating the banking union agenda), and (3) boost trend growth and foster rebalancing (by implementing structural policies).

This book focuses on the analytical underpinnings of real-time policy advice given to euro area policymakers during four cycles of the IMF’s annual Article IV consultations (2012-15) with euro area authorities. The papers in this collection are part of the background analysis for the IMF’s policy perspectives on the euro area. They are presented here in their original form (many of these were published as “Selected Issues Papers” supporting the “Staff Reports” of the Article IV consultations during 2012 to 2015, while some were published as “Staff Discussion Notes”). The book does not cover some important policy developments since July 2014. In particular, it does not assess the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and some of the recent changes in the Stability and Growth Pact.

The first section of the book examines the legacies for the euro area of the crisis: low investment, high debt, and external imbalances. Chapter 1 analyzes the behavior of private investment, which fell substantially during the crisis and has remained subdued since. What does low private investment portend for economic recovery? The analysis here provides firm evidence that low growth is integral to the story. But in some countries, high corporate leverage, policy uncertainty, and financial constraints are also holding back investment. These factors highlight the role of banks, and their health, given the heavy reliance on bank financing in the euro area.

Public and private debt levels in the euro area rose to unprecedented levels in some countries during the crisis. This debt overhang has undoubtedly added to deleveraging pressures both in the public sector and in the private sector. But it could also be weighing on growth, even though aggregate public debt for the euro area as a whole compares favorably with that of other large industrial countries. Chapter 2 establishes that high private and public sector debt is restraining growth in the euro area. It argues that simultaneous deleveraging across all sectors is unique to the euro area when compared with other deleveraging episodes in many industrial countries, and represents a significant challenge. And negative feedback loops between high debt and a weak financial sector are exacerbating the constraints on economic growth and credit conditions.

In an environment of much lower cross-border capital flows, large internal imbalances of member states vis-à-vis other member states have become external imbalances, necessitating policy adjustments and relative price changes within the euro area. Chapter 3 finds that relative price adjustments and current account improvements are taking place. Although exports have rebounded, slumping internal demand (and imports) accounts for much of the reduction in current account deficits in debtor countries. This trend has not been matched by stronger demand and narrower current account surpluses in creditor countries. Thus the current account balance of the euro area as a whole has shifted from deficit to surplus, and internal rebalancing has been accompanied by subdued activity, notably very high unemployment in the deficit economies, contributing to a more painful adjustment.

The second section of the book turns to the role of macroeconomic policies in supporting the recovery. Starting with monetary policy, Chapter 4 illustrates that despite important actions by the ECB, fragmented financial markets, particularly banking systems, along national borders led to substantially higher interest rates for borrowers in stressed markets—far above those in the core. The analysis shows that the credit channel was impaired during the crisis particularly in stressed markets, and that SMEs in hard-hit economies appear to be most affected. Given these stresses, the authors argue that the ECB can undertake additional targeted policy measures, including through various forms of term funding, looser collateral policies, and direct asset purchases. These actions would relieve funding constraints on banks and should, in principle, cause ECB monetary policy to have a more uniform impact across the region.

The ECB’s quantitative easing efforts under the Securities Markets Program raised occasional market concerns about private holders of sovereign being subordinated, and may have reduced the impact of the program on sovereign borrowing costs. Chapter 5 looks at various ways—both empirical and theoretical—to quantify the extent of subordination arising from ECB debt purchases in some countries. The main finding is that the impact of ECB seniority is primarily related to the perceived probability of default and the proportion of outstanding debt already in the hands of the central bank.

Despite substantial monetary accommodation, by December 2014 euro area inflation had been falling for 17 months, and 12 out of 18 countries in the common currency area were in the grip of deflation. The ECB had already lowered interest rates to zero and introduced various unconventional policies such as private asset purchases and very cheap funding for banks. The ECB’s expanded asset purchase program (announced in January 2015), to include sovereign assets, was larger and more open ended than markets had anticipated. Chapter 6 assesses this program and compares it with quantitative easing in other industrial countries—Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its findings are encouraging. In Europe, quantitative easing has had a stronger initial impact on term premiums and other asset prices than it has elsewhere, and it has been particularly successful in arresting the decline in inflation expectations. The experience of other countries also shows that the impact on bank lending, and on the real economy, typically takes longer to materialize.

Turning to fiscal policy, Chapter 7 assesses the pace of consolidation driven by the SGP, particularly whether it is appropriate in the face of an extremely weak economic environment. It quantifies the output effects from fiscal consolidation implied by the SGP and illustrates that multipliers are likely to be larger than normal (given negative output gaps, joint consolidation efforts, and monetary policy constraints). This outcome suggests that, while preserving its integrity, SGP rules should be applied more flexibly to accommodate unexpected events, and that where financing conditions permit, the pace of fiscal consolidation should take into account the adverse economic conditions.

Looking beyond the crisis, Chapter 8 contributes to the discussion on fiscal governance in Europe. Despite recent improvements, the European fiscal governance system faces a number of challenges. The remaining gaps are most apparent in the complex design of fiscal rules and their poor enforcement mechanisms. Given that public debt is approaching unsafe territory in several member states, the fiscal framework has a key role to play in putting public finances back on a sound footing. In this context, the authors take stock of recent reforms; identify areas for further progress; and examine a menu of policy options for making the fiscal governance framework simpler, more transparent, and more robust in the medium term.

The third section of the book discusses the importance of completing the EMU architecture—by moving toward a banking union and greater fiscal integration. Chapter 9 discusses how a banking union will help end the adverse downward spirals between sovereigns, banks, and the real economy. The interconnection between sovereigns and banks is also the underlying reason for the marked financial fragmentation in the euro area, which has resulted in the vastly uneven impact of monetary policy across the area. It argues that a banking union—comprising a single supervisory and regulatory framework, single resolution mechanism, and common safety net—for the euro area is the logical conclusion of the idea that integrated banking systems require integrated prudential oversight. The case for a banking union for the euro area is both immediate and longer term. Moving responsibility for potential financial support and bank supervision to a shared level can reduce financial market fragmentation, stem deposit flight, and weaken the vicious loop of rising sovereign and bank borrowing costs. A single framework should bring about a uniformly high standard of confidence and oversight, reduce national distortions, and mitigate the buildup of concentrated risk that compromises systemic stability.

The euro area crisis exposed a critical gap in the economic architecture of the EMU: the capacity for country-level shocks, whether exogenous or home grown, to spread across the euro area, calling into question the viability of the common currency. The European Union’s fiscal governance framework—centered around the SGP—is designed to address fiscal discipline in member states, but it cannot deal with economic shocks that become pervasive across the region. Chapter 10 explores the role that deeper fiscal integration can play in correcting these architectural weaknesses in the system, to reduce the incidence and severity of future crises and lend long-term credibility to the crisis measures in progress. The chapter argues that a clearer ex ante approach to fiscal discipline and transfers will further strengthen the architecture of EMU, ensuring the stability of the euro area.

The final two chapters focus on two structural challenges for the euro area: developing capital markets and tackling youth unemployment. Overcoming these structural problems would ensure that the long-term productive capacity of the economy is not permanently impaired. Chapter 11 assesses the structure of private capital markets in the euro area, their role in financing growth, and prospects and policies for further development, at both the national and the euro area levels. It explores the potential for reducing the excessive dependence of SMEs on banks and expanding direct access to capital markets, particularly through securitization. More capital market finance for firms and households would, in principle, make the real economy more resilient to the travails of the banking system.

Chapter 12 delves into explanations for the extraordinarily high youth unemployment rate, especially in comparison with adult workers. Can these youth unemployment rates be explained simply by the extent of the economic downturn, or are other institutional factors at work? Cyclical weakness explains much of the increase in youth unemployment, but it also masks institutional and structural rigidities that reduce the incentives for firms to hire young people. The chapter discusses policy initiatives both in individual member states and at the euro area level—active labor market policies such as more training and the use of tax policies and more flexible labor contracts—that could help increase youth employment and reduce the risk of a much more permanent decline in the productive capacity of the many member states in which this problem is particularly acute.

Petya Koeva Brooks and Mahmood Pradhan



Petya Koeva Brooks is Assistant Director in the IMF’s European Department and the mission chief for Italy. She was previously in charge of the unit responsible for euro area surveillance (2012–14), and the World Economic Studies division in the Research Department that produces the IMF’s flagship publication, the World Economic Outlook (2009–12).

Mahmood Pradhan is Deputy Director in the European Department at the IMF and mission chief for the euro area since 2011. He was earlier a senior advisor in the Asia Pacific Department and mission chief for Japan. Mr. Pradhan has previously worked at the Bank of England and in the private financial sector as a fund manager.


Ali Al-Eyd is a Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. He was previously a senior economist covering euro area surveillance in the European Department (2012–14), and was also in the Middle East and Central Asia Department (2009–12). Prior to joining the IMF, he held positions in London with Citigroup and Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank.

Céline Allard heads the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department, where she oversees the publication of the semiannual Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously deputy division chief in the unit responsible for euro area surveillance in the European Department (2010–14) and before that worked on a number of advanced, transition, and low-income economies at the IMF.

Derek Anderson is a graduate student at the University of Virginia in the department of Systems and Information Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in economics and worked in the Economic Modeling Division at the IMF for four years, participating in development and production work for various models employed by the division.

Angana Banerji is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s European Department. She was previously a lead evaluator in the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office (2009–13), participating in the evaluation of the IMF’s performance in the run-up to the global financial crisis. Prior to that, she was the IMF’s mission chief for Cyprus, Netherlands Antilles, and San Marino.

Bergljot Barkbu is the IMF’s Deputy Resident Representative to the European Union. She previously worked on Italy and Ireland in the IMF’s European Department and has also held positions in the Strategy and Policy Review Department, working on crisis cases, debt sustainability, and IMF lending facilities.

S. Pelin Berkmen is a Senior Economist in the Advanced Economies Unit of the European Department. Her research has focused on a range of international macroeconomic and financial policy issues. She has worked on a wide set of countries and regions, including the euro area, Japan, and Argentina.

Rodolphe Blavy is currently Deputy Director of the European Offices of the IMF. Since 2001, as desk economist, he covered key policy issues for emerging markets, in particular related to macrofinancial linkages, and has been involved in the negotiation and monitoring of IMF-supported programs. In the context of the crisis, he joined the Strategy Unit, a group instrumental in recent IMF reforms. He read doctoral studies at Cambridge University and is a graduate of Sciences Po in Paris and ESSEC Business School.

John Bluedorn is a Senior Economist in the Advanced Economies Unit of the European Department. He joined the IMF in 2010, working in the Research Department’s World Economic Studies Division on the World Economic Outlook (2010–14). Prior to joining the IMF, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford and a professor at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fabian Bornhorst is the IMF’s Resident Representative to Brazil and to Bolivia. He was previously senior economist in the European Department (2011–14), working in the Advanced Economies Unit covering the euro area and Germany.

Giovanni Dell’Ariccia is Assistant Director in the Research Department of the IMF, where he coordinates the activities of the Macro-Financial Division. Previously, he worked in the Asia and Pacific Department on the Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong desks. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Laurea (summa cum laude) in economics and statistics from the University of Rome. He is a CEPR Research Fellow. His papers have been published in several major economics and finance journals.

Luc Eyraud is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department. He worked previously in the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department and at the French Treasury.

Rishi Goyal is the Mission Chief for Greece and head of the Southern 4 Unit in the IMF’s European Department. He was previously the deputy in the unit responsible for euro area surveillance (2012–13), leading a project on the banking union. Prior to that, he was deputy in the Strategy Unit of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, working on the IMF’s spillover reports (2008–12).

Andreas (Andy) Jobst is Senior Economist in the IMF’s European Department, where he covers the financial sector, monetary policy, and macroprudential surveillance for the euro area. Previously, he spent three years as chief economist and deputy director at the Bermuda Monetary Authority after having worked on the Global Financial Stability Report (2005–11).

Ross Leckow is Deputy General Counsel in the IMF Legal Department. A national of Canada, he has extensive experience in the IMF’s regulatory and financial operations and currently leads the work of IMF lawyers on issues of financial sector law reform in member countries. He has also contributed to the IMF’s efforts to develop an international legal framework for the resolution of cross-border financial institutions. Before joining the IMF in 1990, Mr. Leckow practiced law in the private and public sectors in Canada.

Huidan Lin is an Economist in the unit responsible for euro area surveillance in IMF’s European Department. She previously worked on Portugal (2012–14), on Korea in the Asia and Pacific Department (2010–12), and in the General Resources and SDR Policy Division of the Finance Department (2009–10).

Pavel Lukyantsau is a Research Officer in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Previously, he was a research analyst in the Advanced Economies division (at the European Department), which is involved in euro area surveillance.

Marialuz Moreno Badia is Deputy Division Chief at the Fiscal Affairs Department, where she is coordinating the work on developing economies. Prior to this assignment, she led the team producing the Fiscal Monitor. Her country work experience includes a broad range of advanced and emerging economies such as Brazil, Greece, Ireland, and Spain.

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu was a Deputy Director in the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where she was in charge of the work on financial sector oversight and crisis management. She managed the IMF’s work on the global regulatory reform agenda and its implementation in member countries, and led the Financial Sector Assessment Programs for the United Kingdom (2011) and Spain (2012). She represented the IMF at the Financial Stability Board Resolution Steering Group and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Global Financial Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University.

Esther Pérez Ruiz is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s European Department and desk for France. Since she joined the IMF in 2009, she has worked on Greece, Advanced Economies, and France. She was previously a policy analyst at the European Commission (2006–09). Prior to this post, she was advisor to the central government at the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance (2002–06).

Marta Ruiz-Arranz is Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. She coordinates the work of the Fiscal Monitor, an IMF flagship publication. Previously, she held positions in the IMF’s European and Asia-Pacific Departments.

Sergejs Saksonovs is an Economist in the IMF’s European Department. He has worked in the unit responsible for euro area surveillance since 2012, focusing primarily on structural reform, unemployment, and the macroeconomic outlook. He previously worked in the structural reform area on Belarus.

Hanni Schoelermann is an Economist at the IMF Europe Office in Brussels. Prior to joining the IMF, she worked at the Directorate-General International and European Relations of the European Central Bank. She holds a first degree in economics from the University of London and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Manmohan Singh is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. He has written extensively on rehypothecation of collateral, collateral velocity, shadow banking, deleveraging in financial markets, and counterparty risk in OTC derivatives market. He recently published a book, Collateral and Financial Plumbing. He has also worked on several countries, including Chile, Japan, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Singh holds a Ph.D., and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign, and a B.S. from Allegheny College.

Stephen Snudden is a Project Officer in the IMF’s Research Department Economic Modeling Unit, where he develops and applies macroeconomic policy models. He held a similar position in the International Department of the Bank of Canada (2008–10). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Alexander Tieman is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s European Department. He covers Turkey and is mission chief for San Marino. Previously, Mr. Tieman worked on financial sector issues and stress testing in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department and headed the IMF office in Skopje, Macedonia.

Thierry Tressel is a Lead Economist and Task Leader for the Global Financial Development Report at the World Bank. He was previously a senior economist on the euro area in the IMF’s European Department (2011–14) and also worked in the IMF’s Research Department (2004–10).

Kenichi Ueda is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo. His research focuses on linkages between financial systems and macroeconomic activities. His research papers have been published in leading academic journals, including the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Economic Theory. Until 2014, he worked for the IMF for 14 years, mostly in the Research Department. He also held a visiting position at the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011–12). He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2000. Prior to this, he worked at the Ministry of Finance, Japan, after obtaining a B.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo.

Nico Valckx is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where he focuses on structural financial sector developments. Previously, he worked on euro area monetary and financial sector policies in the IMF’s European Department, and in Financial Stability and Research Departments at the European Central Bank, De Nederlandsche Bank, and the Bank of Finland.

Francis Vitek is an Economist in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. He is a global macrofinancial modeling expert and has contributed scenario analysis to many IMF surveillance products. He formerly served in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (2009–14) and in the Asia and Pacific Department (2007–09).

Shengzu Wang is currently a Vice President and China Economist at Barclays Capital Asia, based in Hong Kong. He was previously an economist in the IMF’s European Department, covering the euro area and Greece. Since joining the IMF in 2009, he has also worked on economic surveillance and lending programs on a variety of advanced and emerging market economies in Asia and Africa.

Tao Wu is a Senior Economist in the Advanced Economies unit in IMF’s European Department. Previously, he worked on U.S. monetary policy and financial market in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, as well as the IMF Institute, where he was responsible for economic policy training in Asian countries. Prior to joining the IMF in 2010, he worked as a policy advisor for the U.S. Federal Reserve, where he was responsible for analyzing the U.S. economy and global financial market, and providing policy recommendations.

Abbreviations and Acronyms


asset-backed commercial paper


asset-backed securities


Asset-backed Securities Guarantee Scheme


additional credit claim


active labor market policies


asset management company


Annual Microeconomic (database)


Banque de France


Bank for International Settlements


Bank of Japan


Bank Resolution and Recovery Directive


cyclically adjusted primary balance


collateralized debt obligation


credit default swap


commercial mortgage-backed securities


consumer price index


Capital Requirements Regulation


Capital Requirements Regulation/Capital Requirements Directive IV


Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain


Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain


Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain


Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain


European Banking Authority


European Central Bank


European Court of Justice


Excessive Deficit Procedure


European Financial Stability Facility


European Investment Bank


European Investment Fund


emergency liquidity assistance


Economic and Monetary Union


Euro OverNight Index Average


employment protection legislation


European System of Financial Supervisors


European Stability Mechanism


European Systemic Risk Board


European Union


Euro Interbank Offered Rate


Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


Funding for Lending Scheme


Fondos de Titulización de Activos para Pymes


gross domestic product


Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal model


high debt


high-quality, liquid assets


high-quality securitization


International Monetary Fund


International Organization for Standardization


Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau


liquidity coverage ratio


low debt


loss given default


lender of last resort


least squares dummy variable


Long-Term Refinancing Operation


Multiannual Financial Framework


medium-term objective


national competent authority


net foreign asset


nonfinancial corporation


nonperforming loan


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


Outright Monetary Transactions


probability of default


Programme for Mittelstand-loan Securitisation


private sector involvement


real effective exchange rate


residential mortgage-backed securities


return on equity


Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises in the Euro Area


Small Business Administration


Stability and Growth Pact


Special Liquidity Scheme


small and medium-sized enterprise


Securities Markets Program


special purpose vehicle


single supervisory mechanism


Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union


True Sale International


unit labor cost


vector error correction model


World Economic Outlook