Fiscal Rules and the Sovereign Default Premium

Author/Editor:

Juan Carlos Hatchondo ; Francisco Roch ; Leonardo Martinez

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper finds optimal fiscal rule parameter values and measures the effects of imposing fiscal rules using a default model calibrated to an economy that in the absence of a fiscal rule pays a significant sovereign default premium. The paper also studies the case in which the government conducts a voluntary debt restructuring to capture the capital gains from the increase in its debt market value implied by a rule announcement. In addition, the paper shows how debt ceilings may reduce the procyclicality of fiscal policy and thus consumption volatility.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/30

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463933159/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012030

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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