Emerging Market Spreads: Then Versus Now
AbstractThis paper analyzes yield spreads on sovereign debt issued by emerging markets using modern data from the 1990s and newly-collected historical data on debt traded in London during 1870â€“1913, a previous â€œgolden eraâ€ for international capital market integration. Applying several empirical approaches, we show that the co-movement of spreads across emerging markets is higher today than it was in the historical sample. We also show that sharp changes in spreads today tend to be mostly related to global events, whereas country-specific events played a bigger role in 1870â€“1913. Although we find some evidence that economic fundamentals, too, co-move more strongly today than at that time, our interpretation of the results is that todayâ€™s investors pay less attention to country-specific events than their predecessors did in 1870â€“1913.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Oxford Financial Research Centre in its series OFRC Working Papers Series with number 2001fe03.
Date of creation: 2001
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- Yishay Yafeh & Paolo Mauro & Nathan Sussman, 2000. "Emerging Market Spreads: Then Versus Now," IMF Working Papers 00/190, International Monetary Fund.
- Paolo Mauro, 2000. "Emerging Market Spreads: Then Versus Now," Economics Series Working Papers 2001-FE-03, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
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