A Risk-Based Debt Sustainability Framework : Incorporating Balance Sheets and Uncertainty

Author/Editor:

Dale F. Gray ; Elena Loukoianova ; Samuel W. Malone ; Cheng Hoon Lim

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper proposes a new framework for the analysis of public sector debt sustainability. The framework uses concepts and methods from modern practice of contingent claims to develop a quantitative risk-based model of sovereign credit risk. The motivation in developing this framework is to provide a clear and workable complement to traditional debt sustainability analysis which-although it has many useful applications-suffers from the inability to measure risk exposures, default probabilities and credit spreads. Importantly, this new framework can be adapted for policy analysis, including debt and reserve management.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/40

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869026/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008040

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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