Fool the markets? Creative accounting, fiscal transparency and sovereign risk premia
Kerstin Bernoth () and
DNB Working Papers from Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department
We investigate the effects of official fiscal data and creative accounting signals on interest rate spreads between bond yields in the European Union. Our model predicts that risk premia contained in government bond spreads should increase in both, the official fiscal position and the expected "creative" part of fiscal policy. The relative importance of these two signals depends on the transparency of the country. Greater transparency reduces risk premia. The empirical results confirm the hypotheses. Creative accounting increases the spread. The increase of the risk premium is stronger if financial markets are unsure about the true extent of creative accounting. Fiscal transparency reduces risk premia. Instrumental variable egressions confirm these results by addressing potential reverse causality problems and measurement bias.
Keywords: Risk premia; government bond yields; creative accounting; stock-flow adjustments; gimmickry; transparency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E62 F34 G12 H6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: FOOL THE MARKETS? CREATIVE ACCOUNTING, FISCAL TRANSPARENCY AND SOVEREIGN RISK PREMIA (2008)
Working Paper: Fool the Markets? Creative Accounting, Fiscal Transparency and Sovereign Risk Premia (2006)
Working Paper: Fool the markets? Creative accounting, fiscal transparency and sovereign risk premia (2006)
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