Corporate and Household Debt Distress in Latvia : Strengthening the Incentives for a Market-Based Approach to Debt Resolution

Author/Editor: Magnus Saxegaard ; Michaela Erbenova ; Yan Liu
Publication Date: April 01, 2011
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Summary: This paper reviews Latvia’s efforts to manage the increase in debt distress resulting from the unwinding of the 2000-07 credit boom and spillovers from the global financial crisis. The authorities have designed a strategy that strengthens incentives for marked-based debt resolution by improving the legal framework for credit enforcement, introducing tax incentives for debt write-downs, and strengthening financial sector supervision. These measures have started to yield results, but further steps are needed to speed up bankruptcy procedures and reduce credit enforcement costs. Latvia’s experience with market-based debt resolution may provide insights on managing debt distress in other countries with limited fiscal resources.
Series: Working Paper No. 11/85
Subject(s): Bank supervision | Banking sector | Corporate sector | Debt restructuring | Tax incentives

Author's Keyword(s): Latvia | debt restructuring | insolvency law
Publication Date: April 01, 2011
ISBN/ISSN: 9781455226030/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2011085 Pages: 25
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