Debt Maturity and the International Financial Architecture

Author/Editor:

Olivier D Jeanne

Publication Date:

July 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper presents a theory of the maturity of international sovereign debt and derives its implications for the reform of the international financial architecture. It presents a general equilibrium model in which the need to roll over external debt disciplines the policies of debtor countries but makes them vulnerable to unwarranted debt crises owing to bad shocks. The paper presents a welfare analysis of several measures that have been discussed in recent debates, such as the adoption of renegotiation-friendly clauses in debt contracts and the establishment of an international bankruptcy regime for sovereigns.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/137

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451855944/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1372004

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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