A Framework for Debt-Maturity Management

49 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019

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Saki Bigio

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics

Galo Nuno

Banco de España

Juan Passadore

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

We characterize the optimal debt-maturity management problem of a government in a small open economy. The government issues a continuum of finite-maturity bonds in the presence of liquidity frictions. We find that the solution can be decentralized: the optimal issuance of a bond of a given maturity is proportional to the difference between its market price and its domestic valuation, the latter defined as the price computed using the government’s discount factor. We show how the steady-state debt distribution decreases with maturity. These results hold when extending the model to incorporate aggregate risk or strategic default.

Suggested Citation

Bigio, Saki and Nuno, Galo and Passadore, Juan, A Framework for Debt-Maturity Management (May 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w25808, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3383307

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Juan Passadore

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

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