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Sovereign Ratings and Finance Ministers’ Characteristics

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  • António Afonso
  • João Tovar Jalles

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This paper empirically assesses the effect of a newly-compiled set of finance ministers´ characteristics on the setting by rating agencies of the long-term sovereign rating notations. Using a sample of 26 EU countries between 1980-2012, we find that the existence of more focused delegation-oriented fiscal framework, the Minister of Finance being a woman, and the Minister of Finance having a degree in the areas of finance or “hard sciences” seems to contribute to a better sovereign rating notation, and the opposite in the case of a Law background.

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  • António Afonso & João Tovar Jalles, 2019. "Sovereign Ratings and Finance Ministers’ Characteristics," Working Papers REM 2019/72, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, REM, Universidade de Lisboa.
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    Keywords

    sovereign ratings; ordered probit; sovereign debt; panel data; principal components;
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    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General

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