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The Economic Institution Of International Barter

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  • Dalia Marin

    (University of Munich)

  • Monika Schnitzer

    (University of Munich)

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Starting with the international debt crisis in the 1980s, international barter increased substantially. More recently, barter has emerged in Russia and South East Asia. This paper examines how barter can help highly indebted countries to finance imports if they cannot use standard credit arrangements. We argue that payment in goods is easier to enforce than payment in money. However, debtors may pay with inferior quality products. We rank goods with respect to these incentive properties and derive the economic institution of commodity money which explains the trade pattern in barter. Our theoretical predictions are consistent with data on barter contracts. Copyright 2002 Royal Economic Society

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Volume (Year): 112 (2002)
Issue (Month): 479 (April)
Pages: 293-316

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:479:p:293-316

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  1. Barbara, CRESTI, 2003. "U.S. Domestic Barter : an Empirical Investigation," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2003005, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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  3. Ellingsen, Tore, 1998. "Payments in Kind," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 244, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 10 Feb 2000.
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  10. Oana Răvaș, 2011. "The Utility of the Barter Agreement in International Commercial Trade," Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, University of Petrosani, Romania, vol. 11(1), pages 223-234.

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