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Sovereign Risk Premiums in the European Government Bond Market

By Kerstin Bernoth, Jürgen von Hagen and Ludger Schuknecht


This paper provides a study of bond yield differentials among EU government bonds issued between 1993 and 2005 on the basis of a unique dataset of issue spreads in the US and DM (Euro) bond market. Interest differentials between bonds issued by EU countries and Germany or the USA contain risk premiums which increase with fiscal imbalances and depend negatively on the issuer's relative bond market size. The start of the European Monetary Union has shifted market attention to debt service payments as the key measure of indebtedness and eliminated liquidity premiums in the euro area.

Topics: Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems, A5 - Unvollständige Vertragsbeziehungen und die Gestaltung von Residualrechten, ddc:330
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2011.12.006
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Provided by: Open Access LMU

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