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Bank Exposure, Capital and Secondary Market Discounts on the Developing Country Debt

  • Sule Ozler
  • Harry Huizinga

Previous empirical studies of secondary market discounts for developing countries have ignored important creditor country factors. The empirical evidence in this paper indicates that, after controlling for repayment indicators of borrower countries, bank exposure and capital are important determinants of secondary market discounts: an increase in the exposure of large banks to a particular country leads to a decrease in the secondary market discounts on the debt of that country, while an increase in the capital of large banks leads to an increase in secondary market discounts. Among the repayment indicators of developing countries, only debt ratios are found to be significant determinants of the discounts. We suggest that the impacts of exposure and capital can be explained by the presence of deposit insurance. The evidence presented on the stock market pricing of lender banks supports this view.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3961.

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Date of creation: Jan 1992
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3961
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