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Nathan Foley-Fisher and Bernardo Guimaraes
2012-1051  (August 2012)

Abstract:  This paper empirically investigates the impact of changes in U.S. real interest rates on sovereign default risk in emerging economies using the method of identification through heteroskedasticity. Policy-induced increases in U.S. interest rates starkly raise default risk in emerging market economies. However, the overall correlation between U.S. real interest rates and the risk of default is negative, demonstrating that the effects of other variables dominate the anterior relationship.

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Real interest rates, default risk, sovereign debt, identification through heteroskedasticity

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