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Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Growth

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  • Mr. Geremia Palomba
  • Lorenzo Forni
  • Ms. Joana Pereira
  • Christine J. Richmond

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This paper studies the effect of sovereign debt restructurings with external private creditors on growth during the period 1970-2010. We find that there are bad and good (or not so bad) debt restructurings for growth. While growth generally declines in the aftermath of a sovereign debt restructuring, agreements that allow countries to exit a default spell (final restructurings) are associated with improving growth. The impact can be significant. In general, three years after restructuring, growth is about 5 percent lower compared to countries that did not face restructuring over the same period. The exception is for final restructurings, which result in positive growth in the years immediately after the restructuring. Final restructurings tend to be better for growth because they reduce countries’ debt, with the strongest effect for countries that exit restructurings with relatively low debt levels.

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  • Mr. Geremia Palomba & Lorenzo Forni & Ms. Joana Pereira & Christine J. Richmond, 2016. "Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Growth," IMF Working Papers 2016/147, International Monetary Fund.
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    Keywords

    WP; debt; debt ratio; sovereign default; debt restructuring; growth; haircut; crisis resolution; restructuring episode; Brady debt relief initiative; sustainability issue; default episode; Brady debt relief operation; debt sustainability issue; orchestrated debt relief event; restructuring agreement; debt restructuring announcement; post restructuring debt level; payment default; debt-restructuring episode; Debt relief; Sovereign debt restructuring; Debt reduction; Global;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt

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