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Determinants of Government Bond Spreads and Contagion between 2001–2014

Kristóf Gyódi ()

Acta Oeconomica, 2017, vol. 67, issue 2, 235-256

Abstract: This paper analyses the pricing of sovereign risk and contagion during the crises in the Central and Eastern European countries. Panel data are used to estimate the determinants of government bond spreads in three different time periods: before the crisis, during the global financial crisis, and during the European debt crisis. The econometric model includes interactions between the explanatory variables and the crisis dummies. This specification enables the coefficients to change during the crises. The empirical analysis confirms a statistically significant relationship between sovereign risk and macroeconomic fundamental variables. Additionally, the results suggest an increase in the importance of macroeconomic fundamentals during the financial crisis. The analysis also supports that sovereign credit ratings and exchange rate risk have a significant impact on government bond spreads.

Keywords: government bond spreads; sovereign risk; sovereign credit rating; contagion; Central and Eastern European countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 F30 G15 C23 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: The author wishes to thank Dr. Michał Brzozowski for his guidance, help, and comments, which were essential for this paper. The author would like to also express his gratitude to Prof. Dr. Hab. Jan Jakub Michałek and Dr. Jan Hagemejer for their suggestions and recommendations.
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