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Liquidity and credit premia in the yields of highly-rated sovereign bonds

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  • Ejsing, Jacob
  • Grothe, Magdalena
  • Grothe, Oliver
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    This paper quantifies liquidity and credit premia in German and French government bond yields. For this purpose, we estimate term structures of government-guaranteed agency bonds and exploit the fact that differences in their yields vis-à-vis government bonds are mainly driven by liquidity effects. Adding information on benchmark rates, we estimate liquidity and credit premia as latent factors in a state-space framework. The results allow us, first, to quantify the price impact of safe-haven flows on sovereign yields, which strongly affected very liquid bond markets during the recent financial crisis. Second, we quantify credit premia for highly rated governments, offering an important alternative to the information based on CDS markets.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Empirical Finance.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2015)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 160-173

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:33:y:2015:i:c:p:160-173
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2015.04.001
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