Measuring and Analyzing Sovereign Risk with Contingent Claims

Author/Editor:

Michael T. Gapen ; Dale F. Gray ; Cheng Hoon Lim ; Yingbin Xiao

Publication Date:

August 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper develops a comprehensive new framework to measure and analyze sovereign risk. Since traditional macroeconomic vulnerability indicators and accounting-based measures do not address risk in a comprehensive and forward-looking way, the contingent claims approach is used to construct a marked-to-market balance sheet for the sovereign, and derive a set of credit-risk indicators that serve as a barometer of sovereign risk. Applications to 12 emerging market economies show the risk indicators to be robust and highly correlated with market spreads. The framework can help policymakers design risk mitigation strategies and rank policy options using a calibrated structural model unique to each economy.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/155

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861747/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005155

Format:

Paper

Pages:

49

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