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Threshold effects in international lending

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  • Spiegel, Mark M.

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The author's dynamic model of international borrowing subject to credit constraint was developed for an economy with increasing returns to physical capital. Increases in the capital stock within the nonconvex range increase debtor borrowing opportunities. Conversely, a temporary liquidity shock may permanently lower the economy's growth path. Introducing aggregate nonconvexities also has different implications for policy on debt overhangs. In particular, the model allows for rational relending by creditors. It also predicts that new money ( or interest capitalization ) is in the interest of creditors and will be part of a debt restructuring strategy - as it was recently for Mexico and the Philippines.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 341-356

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:46:y:1995:i:2:p:341-356

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  1. Burguet, Roberto & Fernandez-Ruiz, Jorge, 1998. "Growth through taxes or borrowing? A model of development traps with public capital," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 327-344, May.

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