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Developing Country Borrowing and Domestic Wealth

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  • Mark Gertler
  • Kenneth Rogoff

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We show that across developing countries, external debt to private creditors rises more than proportionately with income. We then develop a simple theoretical model consistent with this phenomenon and also consistent with the well-documented relationship between capital market development and growth. Our framework stresses information asymmetries at the level of individual borrowers as the source of frictions in world capital markets. Because of moral hazard problems, marginal products of capital and borrowing-lending spreads are higher in poorer countries. In a two-country version of the model, we demonstrate the possibility of a siphoning effect which exacerbates the costs of transfers. Also because of the siphoning effect, increased wealth in the rich country can stunt investment in the poor country.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2887.

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Date of creation: Mar 1989
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Publication status: published as "Developing Country Borrowing and Domestic Wealth," Proceedings, Federal Bank of San Francisco, 1989.
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  1. Reinhart, Carmen & Rogoff, Kenneth, 2004. "Serial default and the “paradox” of rich to poor capital flows," MPRA Paper 13997, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Reichlin, Pietro, 2006. "Relating Output and Volatility in a Model of International Risk-Sharing with Limited Commitment," CEPR Discussion Papers 5557, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Sule Ozler & Guido Tabellini, 1991. "External Debt and Political Instability," NBER Working Papers 3772, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Reinhart, Carmen & Rogoff, Kenneth, 2005. "Serial Default and Its Remedies," MPRA Paper 7423, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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