Preestablished harmony: The Japanese government's demand for Japanese government bonds

Kazuki Onji, Keigo Kameda, Nobuo Akai

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    Abstract

    The Japanese government is heavily indebted but the yield on the Japanese government bond (JBG) remains low to date. We hypothesize that the presence of the Japanese government as a large stable investor of JGBs exerted a stabilizing influence on private JGB traders and thus rendered the risk premium for sovereign default negligible. To identify the influence of a large stable JGB holder, we utilize a surprise change in the policy stance toward public debt holding as a quasi-experiment. We estimated a VARMA model using daily data and found that an announced government withdrawal led to a 50-basis-point increase in the yields of 10-year JGBs. Our study suggests that large public debt holding reduces the risk premium and is one factor behind the low yield.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)207-214
    JournalJapan and the World Economy
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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