Moral Hazard and International Crisis Lending : A Test

Author/Editor:

Giovanni Dell'Ariccia ; Jeronimo Zettelmeyer ; Isabel Schnabel

Publication Date:

October 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We test for the existence of a moral hazard effect attributable to official crisis lending by analyzing the evolution of sovereign bond spreads in emerging markets before and after the Russian crisis. The nonbailout of Russia in August 1998 is interpreted as an event that decreased the perceived probability of future crisis lending to emerging markets. In the presence of moral hazard, such an event should raise not only the level of spreads, but also the sensitivity with which spreads reflect fundamentals as well as their cross-country dispersion. We find strong evidence for all three effects.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/181

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859201/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1812002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

55

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