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Non-defaultable debt and sovereign risk

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  • Hatchondo, Juan Carlos
  • Martinez, Leonardo
  • Onder, Yasin Kursat

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We quantify gains from introducing limited financing through non-defaultable debt into a model of equilibrium sovereign risk. For an initial sovereign spread of 4.2%, introducing the possibility of issuing non-defaultable debt for up to 10% of aggregate income reduces immediately the spread to 1.5%, and implies a welfare gain equivalent to a permanent consumption increase of 0.8%. Nevertheless, the spread reduction achieved by the introduction of non-defaultable debt is short lived. Our findings shed light on different aspects of proposals to introduce common euro-area sovereign bonds that could be virtually non-defaultable.

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  • Hatchondo, Juan Carlos & Martinez, Leonardo & Onder, Yasin Kursat, 2017. "Non-defaultable debt and sovereign risk," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 217-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:105:y:2017:i:c:p:217-229
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2017.01.008
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    Keywords

    Sovereign default; Sovereign debt; Eurobonds; Red bonds; Blue bonds; Buyback; Voluntary debt exchange; Common euro-area sovereign bonds;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems

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