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Sovereign default, interest rates and political uncertainty in emerging markets

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  • Cuadra, Gabriel
  • Sapriza, Horacio

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A large body of the empirical literature shows that high turnover rates/length of tenure of policymakers and the degree of conflict within a country affects sovereign spreads, debt and default rates. We help to rationalize such claims by including these political features in a dynamic stochastic small open economy model of sovereign debt and default. In this way we offer a complementary approach to the econometric analyses in the literature. Consistent with the data, the quantitative analysis shows that politically unstable and more polarized economies experience higher default rates and larger level and volatility of sovereign interest rate spreads.

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  • Cuadra, Gabriel & Sapriza, Horacio, 2008. "Sovereign default, interest rates and political uncertainty in emerging markets," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(1), pages 78-88, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:76:y:2008:i:1:p:78-88
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    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
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