Arrears to the IMF – A Ghost of the Past?

Author/Editor:

Anne Oeking ; Mariusz A. Sumlinski

Publication Date:

November 16, 2016

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Summary:

In this paper, we consider incidences of arrears to the IMF, focusing on protracted arrears cases and attempt to identify determinants of their occurrence. We use narrative and formal methods. In addition, we analyze determinants of the duration of arrears. We find that previous arrears, reserves coverage, and institutional quality are among the main determinants of arrears. In addition, we identify a role for political developments, including civil unrest, which make arrears more likely to arise and to last longer. We conclude that improved macroeconomic conditions and turnaround of political fortunes would help to clear the currently remaining protracted arrears cases.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/225

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 16, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475554823/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016225

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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