Can Debt Crises Be Self-Fulfilling?

Author/Editor:

Marcos d Chamon

Publication Date:

June 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Several papers argue that debt crises can be the result of self-fulfilling expectations that no one will lend to a country. I show this type of coordination failure can be eliminated by a combination of state-contingent securities and a mechanism that allows investors to promise to lend only if enough other investors do so as well. This suggests that runs on the debt of a single borrower (such as the government) can be eliminated, and that self-fulfilling features are more plausible when articulated in a context in which externalities among many decentralized borrowers allow for economy-wide debt runs to occur.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/99

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451852301/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0992004

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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