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Country and Currency Risk Premia in an Emerging Market

  • Domowitz, Ian
  • Glen, Jack
  • Madhavan, Ananth

The magnitude and determinants of credit and currency risks are topics of considerable importance. This paper uses data on peso- and dollar-denominated debt issued by the Mexican government to identify currency and country risk premia. We show that shocks in equity and debt market returns translate into long-term increases in the premium demanded by investors with respect to currency and country factors. Country and currency premia help explain equity returns and closed-end fund discounts. Additional evidence is provided showing that investors did not anticipate the magnitude or timing of the currency devaluation of December 1994 and the subsequent financial crisis.

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Volume (Year): 33 (1998)
Issue (Month): 02 (June)
Pages: 189-216

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