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Sovereign Defaults, Credit to the Private Sector, and Domestic Credit Market Institutions

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  • GUIDO SANDLERIS

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Sovereign defaults are associated with declines in foreign and domestic credit to the domestic private sector. This paper analyzes theoretically whether sovereign defaults can lead to this decline, even if domestic agents do not hold sovereign debt. It also studies whether the quality of domestic financial institutions affect the magnitude of this effect. In order to address these issues, the paper embeds the traditional sovereign borrower/foreign creditors relationship of the sovereign debt literature in a macromodel where widespread individual financial constraints limit a country's ability to reallocate resources. The paper finds that sovereign defaults can indeed generate a decline in foreign and domestic credit even if domestic agents do not hold sovereign debt, and that stronger domestic financial institutions can amplify this effect. These findings constitute a new step toward understanding the costs of sovereign defaults.

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  • Guido Sandleris, 2014. "Sovereign Defaults, Credit to the Private Sector, and Domestic Credit Market Institutions," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 46(2-3), pages 321-345, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jmoncb:v:46:y:2014:i:2-3:p:321-345
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