Different No More: Country Spreads in Advanced and Emerging Economies

59 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2020

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Benjamin Born

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gemeinnützige GmbH

Gernot J. Müller

University of Tuebingen - Department of Economics

Johannes Pfeifer

University of Cologne

Susanne Wellmann

University of Tuebingen

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Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

Interest-rate spreads fluctuate widely across time and countries. We characterize their behavior using some 3,200 quarterly observations for 21 advanced and 17 emerging economies since the early 1990s. Before the financial crisis, spreads are 10 times more volatile in emerging economies than in advanced economies. Since 2008, the behavior of spreads has converged across country groups, largely because it has adjusted in advanced economies. We also provide evidence on the transmission of spread shocks and find it similar across sample periods and country groups. Spread shocks have become a more important source of output fluctuations in advanced economies after 2008.

Keywords: Average treatment effect, Business cycle, Country risk, Country spreads, financial crisis, Interest-rate shocks, Spread shocks

JEL Classification: E32, F41, G15

Suggested Citation

Born, Benjamin and Müller, Gernot J. and Pfeifer, Johannes and Wellmann, Susanne, Different No More: Country Spreads in Advanced and Emerging Economies (February 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14392. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3535478

Benjamin Born (Contact Author)

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Gernot J. Müller

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Johannes Pfeifer

University of Cologne ( email )

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Susanne Wellmann

University of Tuebingen ( email )

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72074 Tuebingen, Baden Wuerttemberg 72074
Germany

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