Optimal Maturity Structure of Sovereign Debt in Situation of Near Default

Author/Editor:

Gabriel Desgranges ; Celine Rochon

Publication Date:

September 12, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We study the relationship between default and the maturity structure of the debt portfolio of a Sovereign, under uncertainty. The Sovereign faces a trade-off between a future costly default and a high current fiscal effort. This results into a debt crisis in case a large initial issuance of long term debt is followed by a sequence of negative macro shocks. Prior uncertainty about future fundamentals is then a source of default through its effect on long term interest rates and the optimal debt issuance. Intuitively, the Sovereign chooses a portfolio implying a risk of default because this risk generates a correlation between the future value of long term debt and future fundamentals. Long term debt serves as a hedging instrument against the risk on fundamentals. When expected fundamentals are high, the Sovereign issues a large amount of long term debt, the expected default probability increases, and so does the long term interest rate.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/168

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 12, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498379779/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014168

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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