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U.S. real interest rates and default risk in emerging economies

  • Nathan Foley-Fisher
  • Bernardo Guimaraes

This paper empirically investigates the impact of changes in U.S. real interest rates on sovereign default risk in emerging economies using the method of identification through heteroskedasticity. Policy-induced increases in U.S. interest rates starkly raise default risk in emerging market economies. However, the overall correlation between U.S. real interest rates and the risk of default is negative, demonstrating that the effects of other variables dominate the anterior relationship.

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Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series International Finance Discussion Papers with number 1051.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgif:1051
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