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Do Macro-economic Fundamentals Price Sovereign CDS Spreads of Emerging Economies?

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  • Plank, Thomas J.

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This paper studies the extent to which macro-economic variables govern the dynamics of emerging markets sovereign CDS spreads. I propose a structural model of sovereign credit risk based on observed exports, imports and international reserves. Using these macro fundamentals, I define a country's ability to pay as the maximum amount of foreign currency available for repayment of non-domestic debt. The joint dynamics of the ability to pay and a sovereign's outstanding external debt determine the level of country default risk and thus the CDS spreads. I implement the model for a sample of 6 emerging economies for a period covering the recent financial crisis. A calibrated version of the model captures the widening of sovereign spreads during the crisis and provides a good _t for the time-series dynamics of CDS spreads. Lastly, I use the model to measure the market-implied level of country liabilities. On average, the value of implied external debt is 13% larger than the reported level of debt.

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  • Plank, Thomas J., 2010. "Do Macro-economic Fundamentals Price Sovereign CDS Spreads of Emerging Economies?," Working Papers 10-5, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Weiss Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:upafin:10-5
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    1. Patrick Augustin, 2012. "Sovereign Credit Default Swap Premia," Working Papers 12-10, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.
    2. repec:cii:cepiei:2015-q1-141-4 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Gonzalo Camba-Méndez & Konrad Kostrzewa & Anna Mospan & Dobromił Serwa, 2014. "Pricing sovereign credit risk of an emerging market," NBP Working Papers 189, Narodowy Bank Polski, Economic Research Department.
    4. Augustin, Patrick & Subrahmanyam, Marti G. & Tang, Dragon Yongjun & Wang, Sarah Qian, 2014. "Credit Default Swaps: A Survey," Foundations and Trends(R) in Finance, now publishers, vol. 9(1-2), pages 1-196, December.
    5. Enrique Alberola & Luis Molina & Pedro del Río, 2012. "Boom-bust cycles, imbalances and discipline in Europe," Working Papers 1220, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.

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