Pricing Growth-Indexed Bonds

Author/Editor:

Paolo Mauro ; Marcos d Chamon

Publication Date:

November 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Growth-indexed bonds have been suggested as a way of reducing the procyclicality of emerging-market countries' fiscal policies and the likelihood of costly debt crises. Investor attitude surveys suggest that pricing difficulties are seen as a considerable obstacle. In an effort to reduce such concerns, this article presents a simple way of pricing growth-indexed bonds. As a pleasant by-product, the analysis tracks the quantitative implications of an increase in the share of growth-indexed bonds in total debt, measuring the ensuing decline in the probability of default and the reduction in the spreads at which standard bonds can be issued.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/216

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451862355/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005216

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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