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Yield differentials in EMU government bonds - Evidence from 1993-2011

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.author Pirkkalainen, Matleena
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-15T02:30:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-15T02:30:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/3458
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY The heavily increased government debt yield differentials and its impact on countries’ abilities to pay back their debts have gained enormous amount of public attention lately, but more recent studies have not succeeded in decomposing the reasons for the differentials comprehensively. In this thesis, I study the yield differentials of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) government bonds in relation to Germany. The objective of this study is to test the effects of domestic macroeconomic fundamentals and international factors on yield differentials. By examining the influence of these factors, the full impact of credit risk and its sources can be determined in detail. Furthermore, this study also gives an overview of various other, alternative factors potentially affecting the yield differentials. DATA AND METHODOLOGY The sample of factors affecting the government debt yields of selected EMU countries is extracted from Datastream and Eurostat. The data is collected from January 1993 to October 2011, and the frequency of the data is monthly. The study is conducted by using a relative asset swap model, which measures the credit riskiness of the countries by combining the country specific 10-year interest rate swaps and 10-year government bond yields. The impacts of domestic macroeconomic fundamentals and exogenous international risk factors are thus tested against the relative asset swap levels. RESULTS The impact of sole debt-to-GDP ratio is significant only for the newest EMU member state in this study, Slovenia. Slovenia is not affected by any other measure but the debt-to-GDP differential. The effect of exogenous risk factors as a function of debt-to-GDP differential in turn is significant for Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. In those cases, even though the international appetite for risk cannot be affected, these countries can diminish their yield differentials by improving their domestic fundamentals. Other factors were not found to significantly affect the yield differentials in the EMU area. en
dc.format.extent 72
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Yield differentials in EMU government bonds - Evidence from 1993-2011 en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Taloustieteen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword government bond
dc.subject.keyword valtion joukkovelkakirja
dc.subject.keyword yield differential
dc.subject.keyword korkotuoton ero
dc.subject.keyword debt-to-GDP ratio
dc.subject.keyword velka/BKT -suhde
dc.subject.keyword international risk factor
dc.subject.keyword kansainvälinen riskitekijä
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201203181684
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Economics en
dc.programme.major Kansantaloustiede fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon kansantaloustiede
dc.subject.helecon economics
dc.subject.helecon EMU
dc.subject.helecon EMU
dc.subject.helecon joukkovelkakirjat
dc.subject.helecon bonds and debentures
dc.ethesisid 12759
dc.date.dateaccepted 2012-02-29
dc.location P1 I
local.aalto.openaccess no
local.aalto.idthes 12759


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