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International Pricing of Emerging Market Corporate Debt; Does the Corporate Matter?


  • Sonja Keller
  • Ashoka Mody


We examine risk spreads charged on corporate bonds placed by emerging market borrowers on international exchanges. While global developments have an important effect on spreads, changes in firm-level default risk also matter significantly in a way consistent with theory and experience in mature markets. In contrast, except during periods of financial crisis, country factors play a limited role. These findings go against the supposition that limited information on emerging market firms or significant agency problems prevent firm-level credit discrimination by international investors. The firm-level information capitalization into spreads possibly reflects protection afforded by the exchange listing on international markets.

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  • Sonja Keller & Ashoka Mody, 2010. "International Pricing of Emerging Market Corporate Debt; Does the Corporate Matter?," IMF Working Papers 10/26, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:10/26

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