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Svetlana Vtyurina, Adrian Robles, and Mr. Bennett W Sutton
This paper overviews patterns in bond issuance in local and external markets by firms in six large Latin American countries. Data suggest that despite rising issuance, local markets remain small and shallow in several countries. Nevertheless, since greater funding is available to many firms in both markets, we investigate the factors that may explain the firm’s choice on where to issue a bond. Using an unbalanced panel of firm and market-level indicators for years 1995-2015, we control for variables representing several theories of capital structure, and the results show that firm characteristics such as size and liquidity increase the likelihood of firms to issue externally. With respect to market characteristics, the market completeness hypothesis generates the most support, where market scale and depth are most important for the issuer’s choice of the market, suggesting that local markets will have to become deeper to draw more firms and investment.
Mr. Christian H Ebeke
The paper shows that investors value the adoption of structural reforms by lending at lower cost. The reform-induced reduction of long-term yields is bigger when reforms are initiated in good times and in countries facing high borrowing costs. Importantly, there is no statistical evidence that markets systematically punish countries that launch reforms concomitantly with fiscal stimulus. The paper also finds that the social context matters: structural reforms lead to a short-lived overshooting of yields when followed by strikes or lockouts. Controlling for endogeneity issues does not reject the central finding of the paper. These results are economically plausible and confirmed even after using sovereign credit ratings as an alternative dependent variable. These results have two main implications: (i) on average, labor market reforms lower borrowing costs; and (ii) country-specific circumstances also play a role.
International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
This paper discusses Grenada’s Third Review Under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF), Request for Modification of Performance Criteria (PCs), and Financing Assurances Review. Overall program implementation remains strong. All quantitative PCs for the third review were met. All structural benchmarks for the third review were implemented. The authorities advanced reforms to ensure the transparent and sustainable management of the Citizenship-By-Investment revenues, strengthen the fiscal policy framework, and improve public finance management. The IMF staff supports the completion of the third review under the ECF-arrangement, the modification of quantitative PCs, and completion of the financing assurances review.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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