Chinese Local Bond Spreads, Monetary Policy and ‘Misallocation’
HKIMR Working Paper No. 7/2018
43 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 26, 2018
We examine the impact of Chinese monetary policies on excess local bond yields (the spreads over Chinese government bonds), on local bonds issued by Chinese local government entities. We find that an expansion in M2 generally raises the excess yields on bonds issued by local government entities, and the impact is amplified for bonds issued by the local governments. This last category is considered as as having a high degree of existing resource misallocation. Our estimation results confirm that excess yield on local bonds can be an indicator of market risk of local government debts and the financial efficiency of local governments.
Keywords: Chinese Local Bonds, Local Government, Money Policy, Misallocation
JEL Classification: G12, E50, H81
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