Emerging markets debt: Determinants of sovereign bond quality and returns

In this paper, Eaton Vance explores the key drivers of sovereign bond ratings, spread performance and frequency of defaults for a data set of 127 countries from 2000 to 2016. The findings demonstrate the determinant role that economic policy plays, in particular, which is analysed alongside other macro variables related to the real economy, external sector and political orientation of the government.

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