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Sovereign default: which shocks matter?

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  • Bernardo Guimaraes

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This paper analyses a small open economy that wants to borrow from abroad, cannot commit to repay debt but faces costs if it decides to default. The model generates analytical expressions for the impact of shocks on the incentive compatible level of debt. Debt reduction generated by severe output shocks is no more than a couple of percentage points. In contrast, shocks to world interest rates can substantially affect the incentive compatible level of debt. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Bernardo Guimaraes, 2011. "Sovereign default: which shocks matter?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 14(4), pages 553-576, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:09-166
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2010.10.002
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    1. Gonçalves, Carlos Eduardo & Guimaraes, Bernardo, 2015. "Sovereign default risk and commitment for fiscal adjustment," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(1), pages 68-82.
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    Keywords

    Sovereign debt; Default; World interest rates; Output shocks;

    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems

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