Sovereign Bond Prices, Haircuts and Maturity

45 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017

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Tamon Asonuma

International Monetary Fund Research Department

Dirk Niepelt

University of Bern - Department of Economics

Romain G. Rancière

University of Southern California

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Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

Rejecting a common assumption in the sovereign debt literature, we document that creditor losses ("haircuts") during sovereign restructuring episodes are asymmetric across debt instruments. We code a comprehensive dataset on instrument-specific haircuts for 28 debt restructurings with private creditors in 1999-2015 and find that haircuts on shorter-term debt are larger than those on debt of longer maturity. In a standard asset pricing model, we show that increasing short-run default risk in the run-up to a restructuring episode can explain the stylized fact. The data confirms the predicted relation between perceived default risk, bond prices, and haircuts by maturity.

Keywords: Bond Pricing, debt restructuring, Sovereign debt

JEL Classification: F3, F34, G11

Suggested Citation

Asonuma, Tamon and Niepelt, Dirk and Rancière, Romain G., Sovereign Bond Prices, Haircuts and Maturity (August 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12252. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3031890

Tamon Asonuma (Contact Author)

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Dirk Niepelt

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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Romain G. Rancière

University of Southern California ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
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