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Pay high in good times, pay low in bad times

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  • Michael Schröder

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany)

  • Friedrich Heinemann

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany)

  • Susanne Kruse

    (Hochschule der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (University of Applied Sciences), Bonn, Germany)

  • Matthias Meitner

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany)

Abstract

The paper examines the applicability of GDP-linked bonds for the financing of developing countries. These bonds are characterised by tying the coupon and|or redemption payments to the GDP of the issuing country. Along with an analysis of their pricing behaviour and of their behaviour in a portfolio context, the study also encompasses a survey amongst financial experts in order to assess the prospects of success of this type of bond. Finally, the usefulness of a partial public guarantee of payments is examined. The paper provides evidence under which circumstances, for which investors and for which countries, GDP-linked bonds might be an appropriate investment vehicle. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Michael Schröder & Friedrich Heinemann & Susanne Kruse & Matthias Meitner, 2007. "Pay high in good times, pay low in bad times," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(5), pages 667-683.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:19:y:2007:i:5:p:667-683
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1354
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    1. Matthias Bank & Alexander Kupfer & Rupert Sendlhofer, 2011. "Performance-sensitive government bonds - A new proposal for sustainable sovereign debt management," Working Papers 2011-24, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.

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