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The role of global risk aversion in explaining Latin American sovereign spreads

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  • Alicia García-Herrero

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    (Banco de España)

  • Álvaro Ortiz

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    (Repsol-YPF)

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This paper assesses empirically whether global risk aversion (GRA) and some if its determinants (US economic growth and the US long term interest rates) explain developments in Latin American sovereign spreads. We find that GRA is significant and positively related to Latin American sovereign spreads and that its impact varies across countries and over time. Chile, with a lower sovereign risk, is relatively more affected. The opposite is true for Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela. In addition, the influence of GRA on spreads has risen since the Enron scandal. Finally, both an increase in US economic growth and US long term interest rates are found to reduce spreads while the opposite is true for US short term interest rates.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Working Papers with number 0505.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bde:wpaper:0505

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Keywords: global risk aversion; sovereign spreads; latin america;

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