Sovereign Borrowing by Developing Countries: What Determines Market Access?

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Gaston Gelos

International Monetary Fund

Ratna Sahay

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Developing Country Studies Division; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Guido Sandleris

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

What determines the ability of governments from developing countries to access international credit markets? We examine this question using detailed data on sovereign bond issuances and public syndicated bank loans since 1982. We find that traditional measures of a country`s links with the rest of the world (such as trade openness) and traditional liquidity and macroeconomic indicators do not help much in explaining market access. However, a country`s vulnerability to shocks and the perceived quality of its policies and institutions appear to be important determinants of its government`s ability to tap the markets. We are unable to detect strong punishment of defaulting countries by credit markets.

Keywords: Sovereign debt, international capital markets, syndicated bank loans, bond markets, developing countries

JEL Classification: F34, G15

Suggested Citation

Gelos, R. Gaston and Sahay, Ratna and Sandleris, Guido, Sovereign Borrowing by Developing Countries: What Determines Market Access? (November 2004). IMF Working Paper No. 04/221. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879046

R. Gaston Gelos (Contact Author)

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Ratna Sahay

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Developing Country Studies Division ( email )

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Guido Sandleris

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20036-1984
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sais-jhu.edu/faculty/sandleris

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