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The External Debt Problem in Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, and the HIPC Initiative

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  • Esquivel, G.
  • Larraín F.B.
  • Sachs,J.D.

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This paper reviews the foreign debt burden in Central America with special emphasis on Honduras and Nicaragua, which have a large debt overhang. Several indicators suggest that this foreign debt seriously impedes economic growth in both nations. Honduras and Nicaragua, the poorest countries of Central America, have lagged behind the rest of the region in growth, resulting in an increase in regional income inequality during the 1990s. Analysis suggests that Honduras and Nicaragua require alleviation of their foreign debt as a prerequisite to sustained growth. This paper also evaluates the prospects of these countries to qualify for the new initiative aimed at reducing the debt burden of the highly indebted poor countries (the so-called HIPC Initiative). It concludes that Honduras and Nicaragua have favorable prospects of qualifying for the HIPC Initiative.

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Paper provided by Harvard - Institute for International Development in its series Papers with number 645.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:harvid:645

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Keywords: FOREIGN DEBT ; ECONOMIC GROWTH;

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Cited by:
  1. Ruth Rios-Morales, 2006. "Structural Weakness in Nicaragua : Hindrances to Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp146, IIIS.
  2. Ruth Rios-Morales, 2006. "Structural Weakness in Nicaragua : Hindrances to Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp169, IIIS.

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