Sovereign to Corporate Risk Spillovers


Authors: Patrick Augustin, Hamid Boustanifar, Johannes Breckenfelder and Jan Schinitzler

Publication: Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Forthcoming


The first Greek bailout on April 11, 2010 triggered a significant reevaluation of sovereign credit risk across Europe. We exploit this event to examine the transmission of sovereign to corporate credit risk. A ten percent increase in sovereign credit risk raises corporate credit risk on average by 1.1 percent after the bailout. The evidence is suggestive of risk spillovers from sovereign to corporate credit risk through a financial and a fiscal channel, as the effects are more pronounced for firms that are bank or government dependent. We find no support for indirect risk transmission through a deterioration of macroeconomic fundamentals.

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