The Application of Event Methodology in Municipal Finance Research

Municipal Finance Journal, Spring 1998, 19(1): 1-15

Posted: 30 Aug 2014

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Barry R. Marks

University of Houston, Clear Lake - School of Business and Public Administration

K. K. Raman

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

This article explains how event methodology can be applied in municipal finance research. Event methodology examines the impact of specific events on the rate of return on financial securities and can be utilized to study the impact of political, legal, and economic events on municipal bond returns (Epple and Spatt 1986). One advantage of this methodology is that seasoned (previously issued) bonds rather than just new bond issues can be used in the research. Frequently, no new bonds or only a few new bonds are issued by governmental units around the time of the event under investigation. Hence, a study based only on new bond issues may have a sample size that is too small or may include bonds that have unique characteristics different from the typical issuer impacted by the event.

Keywords: Government finance, Event methodology

JEL Classification: G18, l11, l15, l51, l80, m40, m41, m42, m48

Suggested Citation

Marks, Barry R. and Raman, K. K., The Application of Event Methodology in Municipal Finance Research (1998). Municipal Finance Journal, Spring 1998, 19(1): 1-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487967

Barry R. Marks

University of Houston, Clear Lake - School of Business and Public Administration ( email )

Houston, TX 77058
United States

K. K. Raman (Contact Author)

The University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
210-458-8749 (Phone)

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