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Replication data for: What Makes US Government Bonds Safe Assets?

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  • He, Zhiguo
  • Krishnamurthy, Arvind
  • Milbradt, Konstantin
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  • Abstract

    US government bonds are considered to be the world's safe store of value, especially during periods of economic turmoil such as the events of 2008. But what makes US government bonds "safe assets"? We highlight coordination among investors, and build a model in which two countries with heterogeneous sizes issue bonds that may be chosen as safe asset. Our model illustrates the benefit of a large absolute debt size as safe asset investors have "nowhere else to go" in equilibrium, and the large country's bonds are chosen as the safe asset. Moreover, the effect becomes stronger in crisis periods.
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20161109 (Text)
  • He, Zhiguo, Arvind Krishnamurthy, and Konstantin Milbradt. “What Makes US Government Bonds Safe Assets?” American Economic Review 106, no. 5 (May 2016): 519–23.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.p20161109 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

He, Zhiguo; Krishnamurthy, Arvind; Milbradt, Konstantin (2016): Replication data for: What Makes US Government Bonds Safe Assets?. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.