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Home currency issuance in international bond markets

Galina Hale, Peter Jones () and Mark Spiegel ()

Journal of International Economics, 2020, vol. 122, issue C

Abstract: We examine currency denomination in a large sample of private international bonds issued by small country firms. We find a substantive and persistent increase in the share of international bond placements denominated in issuers' home currencies, potentially mitigating currency mismatch. This trend appears to have accelerated since the global financial crisis. We find that global financial conditions as well as issuers' country inflation history determine the change in home currency issuance. We present a model illustrating how temporary changes in relative currency-denomination costs can lead to persistent changes in the currency composition of bond issuance.

Keywords: Bond; Debt; Crisis; Currency; Mismatch (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 F34 F36 F65 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2019.103256

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