The Term Structure of Redenomination Risk

42 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2018

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Christian Bayer

University of Bonn

Chi Hyun Kim


Alexander Kriwoluzky

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

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Date Written: June 2018


This paper assesses redenomination risk in the euro area. We first estimate daily default-risk-free yield curves for French, German, and Italian bonds that can be redenominated and for bonds that cannot. Then, we extract the compensation for redenomination risk from the yield spreads between these two types of bonds. Redenomination risk primarily shows up at the short end of yield curves. At the height of the euro crisis, spreads between first-year yields were close to 7% for Italy and up to -2% for Germany. The ECB's interventions designed to reduce the risk of a breakup successfully did so for Italy, but increased it for France and Germany.

Keywords: Euro crisis, redenomination risk, Yield curve, ECB interventions

JEL Classification: E44,F31,F33,F45,G12,G14

Suggested Citation

Bayer, Christian and Kim, Chi Hyun and Kriwoluzky, Alexander, The Term Structure of Redenomination Risk (June 2018). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1740, Available at SSRN: or

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