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A Sovereign Risk Index for the Eurozone Based on Stochastic Dominance

  • Elettra Agliardi


    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy)

  • Mehmet Pinar


    (Business School, Edge Hill University, UK)

  • Thanasis Stengos


    (Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada)

We propose a new method to assess sovereign risk index in Eurozone countries using an approach that relies on consistent tests for stochastic dominance efficiency. The test statistics and the estimators are computed using mixed integer programming methods. The ranking of countries is performed together with an analysis of fiscal and external trade risk.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 58_13.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
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