Do Financial Markets Reward Government Spending Efficiency?

REM Working Paper 0166-2021

36 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2021

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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)

Ana Venâncio

ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa

Date Written: March 20, 2021

Abstract

We link governments’ spending efficiency scores, to sovereign debt assessments made by financial markets´, more specifically by three rating agencies (Standard & Poors, Moody´s and Fitch). Public efficiency scores are computed via data envelopment analysis. Then, we rely notably on ordered response models to estimate the response of sovereign ratings to changes in efficiency scores. Covering 34 OECD countries over the period 2007-2018, we find that increased public spending efficiency is rewarded by financial markets via higher sovereign debt ratings. In addition, higher inflation and government indebtedness lead to sovereign rating downgrades, while higher foreign reserves contribute to rating upgrades.

Keywords: government spending efficiency, DEA, panel analysis, ordered probit (logit); sovereign ratings, rating agencies

JEL Classification: C14, C23, E44, G15, H11, H50

Suggested Citation

Afonso, António and Jalles, João Tovar and Venâncio, Ana, Do Financial Markets Reward Government Spending Efficiency? (March 20, 2021). REM Working Paper 0166-2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3808609

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João Tovar Jalles

University of Lisbon ( email )

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Dept. Plant Biology
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Ana Venâncio

ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa ( email )

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