The Impact of Bailouts on the Probability of Sovereign Debt Crises: Evidence from IMF-Supported Programs

Author/Editor:

Hippolyte W. Balima ; Amadou N Sy

Publication Date:

January 11, 2019

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper studies the role of IMF-supported programs in mitigating the likelihood of subsequent sovereign defaults in borrowing countries. Using a panel of 106 developing countries from 1970 to 2016 and an entropy balancing methodology, we find that IMF-supported programs significantly reduce the likelihood of subsequent sovereign defaults. This finding is robust to different specifications of the entropy balancing and alternative identification strategies. Our results suggest that a country that signs a program with the IMF, typically experiences a slight improvement in its sovereign credit rating and a decrease in both government debt-to-GDP and fiscal deficit-to-GDP.

Series:

Working Paper No. 19/2

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 11, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484393413/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2019002

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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