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Bankruptcy Proceedings for Sovereign State Insolvency


  • Jonathan P. Thomas


This paper examines the main issues involved in translating domestic bankruptcy procedures to the sovereign context. It considers some of the principles by which domestic bankruptcy procedures operate, and the extent to which they apply to international lending. Two recent proposals are considered in more detail, that of Krueger (A New Approach to Sovereign Debt Restructuring) and that of Pettifor (ch. 9/11, Resolving International Debt Crises - the Jubilee Framework for International Insolvency). The paper also considers the question of the ex ante effects of a procedure which makes default less costly, and concludes that despite a negative impact on the ability to borrow, the overall welfare effect need not be negative. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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  • Jonathan P. Thomas, 2004. "Bankruptcy Proceedings for Sovereign State Insolvency," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(2), pages 265-279, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:27:y:2004:i:2:p:265-279

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    1. Philipp Maier, 2007. "Do We Need the IMF to Resolve a Crisis? Lessons from Past Episodes of Debt Restructuring," Staff Working Papers 07-10, Bank of Canada.

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