D'Agostino, Antonello and Ehrmann, Michael (2012): The pricing of G7 sovereign bond spreads – the times, they are a-changin.
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Against the background of the current debate about fiscal sustainability in several advanced economies, this paper estimates the determinants of sovereign bond spreads of the G7 countries, using high-frequency proxies for market expectations about macroeconomic fundamentals. It allows for time-varying parameters and stochastic volatility as well as for asymmetry in the effects of countries’ fundamentals on yield spreads. The paper finds that there is substantial asymmetry in the importance of country fundamentals, which shrinks, the closer the two constituent bonds are to being substitutes. There are also considerable time variations in the role of the various determinants. In particular, there has been a reduced pricing of several risk factors in the years preceding the financial crisis, and either an over-pricing of risk or the pricing of catastrophic events like a break-up of the euro area and a re-denomination risk of euro area bonds during the European sovereign debt crisis.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The pricing of G7 sovereign bond spreads – the times, they are a-changin|
|Keywords:||sovereign spreads; fiscal policy; time-varying coefficients|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E43 - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G15 - International Financial Markets
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E44 - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
|Depositing User:||Antonello D'Agostino|
|Date Deposited:||11. Aug 2012 12:48|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 08:55|
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