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Sovereign Bond Prices, Haircuts and Maturity

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  • Tamon Asonuma
  • Dirk Niepelt
  • Romain Rancière

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Rejecting a common assumption in the sovereign debt literature, we document that creditor losses ("haircuts") during sovereign restructuring episodes are asymmetric across debt instruments. We code a comprehensive dataset on instrument-specific haircuts for 28 debt restructurings with private creditors in 1999-2015 and find that haircuts on shorter-term debt are larger than those on debt of longer maturity. In a standard asset pricing model, we show that increasing short-run default risk in the run-up to a restructuring episode can explain the stylized fact. The data confirms the predicted relation between perceived default risk, bond prices, and haircuts by maturity.

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  • Tamon Asonuma & Dirk Niepelt & Romain Rancière, 2017. "Sovereign Bond Prices, Haircuts and Maturity," NBER Working Papers 23864, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt

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