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Catalytic Finance: When Does It Work?

In a simple model of currency crises caused by creditor coordination failure, we show that bailouts that reduce ex post inefficiency will sometimes create ex ante moral hazard but will sometimes enhance the incentives for governments to take preventative actions. This model helps us understand a debate about the role of the IMF in catalyzing lending to developing countries.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1400.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of International Economics (2006), 70: 161-177
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1400
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