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Has the Market Solved the Sovereign-Debt Crisis?

  • Bowe, M.
  • Dean, J.W.
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    Since the beginning of the developing-country debt crisi in mid-1982, economists have puzzled iver its origins. Why did market forces not dater creditors from lending and debtors from borrowing so very much more than could, in retrospect, be repaid? Moreover, once the crisis was under way, why were market forces apparently unable to resolve it on their own? Why was nonmarket intervention employed? Was such intervention rational on ex ante theoretical grounds? Was it justifiable on ex post empirical grounds?

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    Paper provided by International Economics Section, Departement of Economics Princeton University, in its series Princeton Studies in International Economics with number 83.

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    Length: 70 pages
    Date of creation: 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:prinfi:83
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