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Country Insurance

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  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati
  • Tito Cordella

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To understand the consequences of the presence of international safety nets on governments' incentives to undertake reforms, we model IFIs´ interventions as country insurance policies. We find that country insurance (especially when made contingent on negative external shocks) is more likely to foster reforms in crisis-prone volatile economies. The consequences of country insurance on reform incentives, however, hinge on the nature of the reforms being considered: "buffering" reforms aimed at mitigating the cost of crises will be partially substituted for by insurance, and may be ultimately discouraged; by contrast, "enhancing" reforms that pay off more generously in the absence of a crisis will instead be promoted

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  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati & Tito Cordella, 2004. "Country Insurance," Econometric Society 2004 Latin American Meetings 136, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:latm04:136
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    Keywords

    Bailouts; Moral Hazard; Insurance Effect; International Lender of Last Resort; Financial Crises;
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    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General

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