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A Debt Overhang Model for Low-Income Countries; Implications for Debt Relief

  • Junko Koeda

The paper presents a theoretical model to explain how debt overhang is generated in low-income countries and discusses its implications for debt relief. The paper indicates that the extent of debt overhang, and the effectiveness of debt relief, would depend on a recipient country's initial economic conditions and level of total factor productivity.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 06/224.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:06/224
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