Sovereign Risk and the Pricing of Corporate Credit Default Swaps
33 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2015 Last revised: 10 Jun 2016
Date Written: May 23, 2014
Based on an empirical analysis of European corporations, we investigate the impact of sovereign risk on the pricing of corporate credit risk. In our paper, we show that sovereign credit default swaps (CDS) are positively correlated with corresponding corporate CDS spreads and are a significant factor for corporate CDS pricing models. We also find that this impact in-creases throughout the sovereign debt crisis in 2010-2011 and is more distinctive for Euro-zone countries that were more exposed to the sovereign debt crisis than others. We further observe that this effect is particularly pronounced for corporations with a high dependency on their domestic market.
Keywords: Credit Default Swaps, Government Bonds
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G24
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