Economics at your fingertips  

Sovereign credit ratings: Discovering unorthodox factors and variables

Swee Yew Choy, Myint Moe Chit and Wing Leong Teo

Global Finance Journal, 2021, vol. 48, issue C

Abstract: The presence of different rating agencies and nuanced viewpoints on the determinants of sovereign credit ratings has led to convoluted and contested narratives; hence a need to arrive at common ground on both the significant and prioritised factors important in sovereign rating assessments. Furthermore, much research has focused on a regression analysis of variables which were determined as important to sovereign ratings on an a priori theoretical basis, while excluding a factor analysis which integrates variables within a multifaceted framework. This paper argues that the variables used in existing research are subject to a priori theoretical selection rather than being selected empirically. There has also been an insufficient utilisation of rating agencies' methodology papers in assisting with the selection of variables, and a lack of analysis of the rating agencies' application of factors. Hence, this paper unearths both new factors and variables relevant to assessing sovereign ratings. The findings suggest that there needs to be a broadened understanding of indicators used to analyse and assign sovereign ratings, and a prioritisation of analysed aspects following the inclusion of unorthodox factors and variables.

Keywords: Sovereign credit ratings; Rating agencies; Sovereign debt (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F34 G00 G24 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

DOI: 10.1016/j.gfj.2020.100548

Access Statistics for this article

Global Finance Journal is currently edited by Manuchehr Shahrokhi

More articles in Global Finance Journal from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

Page updated 2024-02-12
Handle: RePEc:eee:glofin:v:48:y:2021:i:c:s1044028320300120