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  • Jonathan Eaton
  • Maxim Engers

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Sanctions are measures that one party (the sender) takes to influence the actions of another (the target). Sanctions, or the threat of sanctions, have been used, for example, by creditors to get a foreign sovereign to repay debt, or by one government to influence the human rights, trade, or foreign policies of another government. We find, in a game-theoretic framework, that, in order to extract concessions, the sender may not actually have to impose sanctions, but merely threaten to. How much the sender can extract depends on the cost of sanctions to both parties, even when they are not used in equilibrium.

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Paper provided by Boston University, Institute for Economic Development in its series Boston University - Institute for Economic Development with number 14.

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Date of creation: Apr 1993
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bosecd:14

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  1. Kletzer, Kenneth M. & Wright, Brian D., 1998. "Sovereign Debt as Intertemporal Barter," Center for International and Development Economics Research, Working Paper Series qt4qg3c42v, Center for International and Development Economics Research, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
  2. Maxim Engers & Jonathan Eaton, 1999. "Sanctions: Some Simple Analytics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 89(2), pages 409-414, May.

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