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Government Debt Issuance in the Euro Area

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    This paper documents and analyzes crisis-related changes in government debt issuance practices in the 16 euro zone countries and Denmark. Using a newly constructed database on primary market debt issuance during 2007-09, we find evidence of a shift away from pre-crisis standards of best funding practices competitive auctions of debt instruments with a fixed coupon, long maturity and local currency denomination (DLTF). Exploiting the cross-country panel data dimension of the data, we conclude that the crisis and related changes in the macroeconomic environment and investor sentiment can account for a significant proportion of the deviation. The negative effect of the crisis on DLTF debt issuance was especially pronounced in high deficit and high debt euro area countries, and has forced governments to assume additional risk.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 11/21.

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    Length: 29
    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/21

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    Keywords: Sovereign debt; Bond issues; Debt refinancing; Global Financial Crisis 2008-2009; inflation; government debt; foreign currency; debt stock; debt database; inflation rate; debt management; domestic currency; national debt; change in inflation; debt managers; short-term debt; monetary policy; market debt; central banks; domestic debt; debt sustainability; currency risks; currency debt; sovereign borrower; international lending; lower inflation; stock of debt; debt problems; public debt; sovereign bond; currency risk; measure of inflation; increase in inflation; debt structures; government deficits;

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    2. Anna Ilyina & Anastasia Guscina & Herman Kamil, 2010. "Does Procyclical Fiscal Policy Reinforce Incentives to Dollarize Sovereign Debt?," IMF Working Papers 10/168, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Das, Udaibir S. & Oliva, Maria A. & Tsuda, Takahiro, 2012. "Sovereign Risk: A Macro-Financial Perspective," ADBI Working Papers 383, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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