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A Cheap Lunch for Emerging Markets: Removing International Financial Market Imperfections with Modern Financial Instruments

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  • Bauer, Christian
  • Herz, Bernhard
  • Hoops, Stefan

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Summary This paper develops a market-based procedure to significantly reduce the indebtedness of emerging markets by applying an asset-backed security approach to a pool of emerging market bonds. In an extensive simulation study based on historical data, the cumulated interest savings over a horizon of 10 years amount to about 20% of the credit sum on average (with a standard deviation of 8%) and up to 44% for individual countries--dependent on the internal distribution of the surplus. The theoretical structure of the transaction is explicitly derived in cooperation with professionals from major commercial banks, and it implies only negligible implementation cost. The implementation requires neither institutional reforms nor debt forgiveness, but can supplement or substitute previous measures.

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  • Bauer, Christian & Herz, Bernhard & Hoops, Stefan, 2008. "A Cheap Lunch for Emerging Markets: Removing International Financial Market Imperfections with Modern Financial Instruments," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(9), pages 1514-1530, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:36:y:2008:i:9:p:1514-1530
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    1. Alexandra M. D. Hild & Bernhard Herz & Christian Bauer, 2016. "The European Stability Mechanism - bastion of calm or crisis accelerant?," Research Papers in Economics 2016-12, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
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    5. Herz, Bernhard & Bauer, Christian & Hild, Alexandra, 2016. "Designing the ESM—Who Profits, Who Pays?," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145709, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    6. Christian Bauer & Bernhard Herz & Alexandra Hild, 2011. "Structured Eurobonds," Research Papers in Economics 2011-09, University of Trier, Department of Economics.

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