Structuring and Restructuring Sovereign Debt : The Role of a Bankruptcy Regime

Author/Editor:

Patrick Bolton ; Olivier D Jeanne

Publication Date:

August 1, 2007

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Summary:

In an environment characterized by weak contractual enforcement, sovereign lenders can enhance the likelihood of repayment by making their claims more difficult to restructure ex post. We show however, that competition for repayment among lenders may result in a sovereign debt that is excessively difficult to restructure in equilibrium. This inefficiency may be alleviated by a suitably designed bankruptcy regime that facilitates debt restructuring.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/192

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451867565/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007192

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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