Zombie Credit and (Dis-)Inflation: Evidence from Europe  
Journal of Finance
, forthcoming.
Co-authors: V. AcharyaT. EisertC. Eufinger
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Pirates without Borders: the Propagation of Cyberattacks through Firms’ Supply Chains  
Journal of Financial Economics
, 147(2), February 2023, 432-448. Editor’s choice.
Co-author: Marco Macchiavelli and André Silva

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The Anatomy of the Transmission of Macroprudential Policies  
Journal of Finance
, 77(5), October 2022, 2533-2575. Lead article.
Co-author: Viral AcharyaKatharina BergantTim EisertFergal McCann

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Bank Capital, Government Bond Holdings, and Sovereign Debt Capacity  
Journal of Financial Economics
, 141(2), August 2021, 693-704.
Klaus Liebscher Award.
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The Design and Transmission of Central Bank Liquidity Provisions  
Journal of Financial Economics
, 141(1), July 2021, 27-47.
Co-author: Luisa Carpinelli
ECB Young Economist Award.
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The (Unintended?) Consequences of the Largest Liquidity Injection Ever  
Journal of Monetary Economics
, 112, June 2020, 97-112.
SUERF/UniCredit Foundation Research Prize.

Co-authors: Miguel Faria-e-Castro and Luìs Fonseca
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Working Papers

Exorbitant Privilege? Quantitative Easing and the Bond Market Subsidy of Prospective Fallen Angels
Co-authors: Viral Acharya, Ryan BanerjeeTim EisertRenée Spigt, May 2023
AFA 2022 · EFA 2022 · NBER SI EFEL 2021 ·  Oxford Macro-Finance 2021 
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Abstract: We document capital misallocation in the U.S. investment-grade (IG) corporate bond market, driven by quantitative easing (QE). Prospective fallen angels—risky firms just above the IG cutoff—enjoyed subsidized bond financing in 2009-19. This effect is driven by prolonged cumulative Fed purchases of securities inducing long-duration IG-focused investors to rebalance their portfolios towards higher-yielding IG bonds. The benefiting firms (i) exploited the sluggish downward adjustment of credit ratings after M&A to finance risky acquisitions with bond issuances, (ii) increased market share affecting competitors’ employment and investment, but (iii) suffered severe downgrades at the onset of the pandemic.

Stakeholders’ Aversion to Inequality and Bank Lending to Underserved Borrowers
Co-author: Hanh Le
MoFiR 2023

Abstract: We find that banks differ in their propensity to lend to underserved borrowers based on their stakeholders’ aversion to inequality. Using mortgage application data collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, we (i) document substantial cross-sectional heterogeneity in banks’ willingness to lend to underserved borrowers and (ii) find that banks with more inequality-averse clientele and executives are more likely to lend to non-white borrowers and borrowers in high-minority and low-income areas. This higher propensity (i) responds to the saliency of stakeholders’ inequality aversion, (ii) is rewarded with deposits by inequality-averse depositors, and (iii) does not predict worse ex-post loan performance.

Other Papers

Zombie Lending: Theoretical, International, and Historical Perspectives

Annual Review of Financial Economics, 14, 2022.
Co-authors: Viral AcharyaTim EisertSascha Steffen
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