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The debt crisis: lessons of the 1980s for the 1990s

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  • Kaminsky, Graciela L.
  • Pereira, Alfredo

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One of the salient characteristics of the 1980s is the growth collapse of the Latin American debtor countries. The debt-overhang literature claims that the debt crisis is the main reason for the growth collapse. However, previous empirical work has failed to support this hypothesis. We reexamine this hypothesis further using simulation and econometric methods. We find that once we account for the effects of social inequality on government policy and consumption, the burden of servicing the debt becomes an important factor in explaining the collapse in investment and output growth in Latin America. We draw some conclusions for the 1990s.

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

Volume (Year): 50 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 1-24

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