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Keywords:

  • G12;
  • E43;
  • E62;
  • H6;
  • F34
  • Risk premia;
  • government bond yields;
  • creative accounting;
  • stock-flow

ABSTRACT

We investigate the effects of official fiscal data and creative accounting signals on interest rate spreads between bond yields in the European Union. We find that two different measures of creative accounting indeed both increase the spread. The increase of the risk premium is stronger, if financial markets are unsure about the true extent of creative accounting. Moreover, fiscal transparency reduces risk premia. Instrumental variable regressions confirm these results by addressing potential reverse causality problems and measurement bias.