How Do Credit Rating Agencies Rate? An Implementation Perspective on the Assessment of Austerity Programs during the European Debt Crisis

Sager, Fritz; Hinterleitner, Markus (2016). How Do Credit Rating Agencies Rate? An Implementation Perspective on the Assessment of Austerity Programs during the European Debt Crisis. Politics & Policy, 44(4), pp. 783-815. Wiley 10.1111/polp.12165

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During the recent European debt crisis, credit rating agencies
(CRAs) and the ratings they were producing became a frequent bone
of contention. We analyze which factors are considered by CRAs
when they judge a state's credibility in implementing an announced
austerity program. The results of a fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative
Analysis of credit ratings show that implementation-related factors
had a comparatively minor impact while the level of economic competitiveness
of the evaluated country displayed high explanatory
power. The findings highlight the desolate implications for less competitive
countries that emanate from credit ratings and their influence
on refinancing costs. While competitive states are deemed better able
to generate future growth and therefore get positive evaluations, less
competitive states cannot prevent (further) downgrades in the short or
middle-term by announcing austerity programs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > KPM Center for Public Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sager, Fritz and Hinterleitner, Markus

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1747-1346

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Markus Hinterleitner

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2016 17:12

Last Modified:

14 Sep 2016 17:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/polp.12165

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.88014

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/88014

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