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The cost of private debt over the credit cycle

Johanna Francis (), Dilek Aykut () and Eugen Tereanu ()

Journal of International Money and Finance, 2014, vol. 41, issue C, 146-181

Abstract: We identify global and regional fluctuations in international private debt flows to emerging and developing countries using data on cross-border loans and international bond issuance over 1993–2009. We use micro-level data on syndicated cross-border loans and international bond placements to estimate the effects of individual borrower characteristics as well as macroeconomic conditions on the cost of foreign borrowing and test whether these effects differ across phases of the lending cycle. First, we find that borrower characteristics associated with lower loan spreads are not necessarily associated with lower bond spreads. Second, we find differential effects of borrower characteristics between cycle phases for loans and bonds separately. Third, we find strong reductions in the cost of debt finance during periods when international debt flows are more than one standard deviation above their mean, but not for expansionary periods, when the growth rate of debt flows is increasing. We also find that higher trade ratios in the borrower's home country raise loan spreads more in periods of high credit flows but have no effect on bond spreads. At the same time, borrowers residing in countries with high investment ratios pay lower spreads on bond issuance particularly during periods of high credit flows, but we find no similar effect for loan spreads. Inflation rates, real exchange rates and previous banking crises have small impacts on loan and bond spreads.

Keywords: Debt flows; Credit spreads; Syndicated lending; Credit cycles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F01 F34 F41 F44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2013.11.004

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