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What determines external debt tipping points?

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  • Ouyang, Alice Y.
  • Rajan, Ramkishen S.

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This paper is interested in the nexus between external debt and export competiveness. Specifically, while we find that once external debt exceeds a certain threshold it is negatively associated with export growth, we are interested in determining whether the tipping points vary based on country characteristics. We test various hypotheses, including extent of exchange rate flexibility, size of foreign exchange reserve holdings, bond market development, degree of banking sector concentration and history of financial crises.

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  • Ouyang, Alice Y. & Rajan, Ramkishen S., 2014. "What determines external debt tipping points?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 39(PA), pages 215-225.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:39:y:2014:i:pa:p:215-225
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2013.11.001
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    1. Freytag , Andreas & Pettersson, Jonatan & Schmied, Julian, 2016. "Debt Relief and Good Governance: New Evidence," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145914, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    2. Sasidaran Gopalan, 2015. "Does Foreign Bank Entry Contribute to Financial Depth?: Examining The Role of Income Thresholds," HKUST IEMS Working Paper Series 2015-05, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, revised Feb 2015.
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    4. Ramkishen S. Rajan & Khee Giap Tan & Kong Yam Tan, 2015. "Fiscal sustainability in selected developing ASEAN economies," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 11(4/5/6), pages 186-203.

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    Keywords

    Exchange rate regimes; Debt threshold; External debt; Exports; Financial development; Reserves;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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