Sovereign Risk Premia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
LUISS Guido Carli University - Department of Economics
May 13, 2011
Paris December 2011 Finance Meeting EUROFIDAI - AFFI
Emerging countries tend to default when their economic conditions worsen. If bad times in an emerging country correspond to bad times for the US investor, then foreign sovereign bonds are particularly risky. We explore how this mechanism plays out in the data and in a general equilibrium model of optimal borrowing and default. Empirically, the higher the correlation between past foreign and US bond returns, the higher the average sovereign excess returns. In the model, sovereign defaults and bond prices depend not only on the borrowers' economic conditions, but also on the lenders' time-varying risk-aversion.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 73working papers series
Date posted: October 13, 2011
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