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Are All Sovereigns Equal? A Test of the Common Determination of Sovereign Spreads in the Euro Area

Heather Gibson (), Stephen Hall () and George Tavlas ()

No 14/06, Discussion Papers in Economics from Department of Economics, University of Leicester

Abstract: With the outbreak of the Greek financial crisis in late 2009, spreads on Greek (and other) sovereigns reached unprecedented levels. Using a panel data of euro-area countries, we test whether the markets treated all euro-area countries in an equal manner over the period 1998:m1 to 2012:m6. In a F-test of the pooling assumptions suggests that Greece, Ireland and Portugal were not part of the overall pool. In a separate test on the individual coefficients we find that the coefficients on these three countries moved in a similar direction away from the pool, suggesting that markets treated these three countries more acutely than the rest of the pool.

Keywords: euro area financial crisis; sovereign spreads; panel data tests (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 G12 E63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-03
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