Sovereign Ratings and Finance Ministers’ Characteristics

REM Working Paper 072-2019

15 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2019

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António Afonso

University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics); ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa; REM - Research in Economics and Mathematics

João Tovar Jalles

University of Lisbon; International Monetary Fund (IMF); Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) - Research Unit on Complexity and Economics (UECE)

Date Written: February 18, 2019

Abstract

This paper empirically assesses the effect of a newly-compiled set of finance ministers´ characteristics on the setting by rating agencies of the long-term sovereign rating notations. Using a sample of 26 EU countries between 1980-2012, we find that the existence of more focused delegation-oriented fiscal framework, the Minister of Finance being a woman, and the Minister of Finance having a degree in the areas of finance or “hard sciences” seems to contribute to a better sovereign rating notation, and the opposite in the case of a Law background.

Keywords: sovereign ratings, ordered probit, sovereign debt, panel data, principal components

JEL Classification: C23, C25, E44, F30, G10, G12, H30

Suggested Citation

Afonso, António and Jalles, João Tovar, Sovereign Ratings and Finance Ministers’ Characteristics (February 18, 2019). REM Working Paper 072-2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3336885

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