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Defaultable Debt, Interest Rates and the Current Account

  • Mark Aguiar
  • Gita Gopinath

World capital markets have experienced large scale sovereign defaults on a number of occasions, the most recent being Argentina's default in 2002. In this paper we develop a quantitative model of debt and default in a small open economy. We use this model to match four empirical regularities regarding emerging markets: defaults occur in equilibrium, interest rates are countercyclical, net exports are countercyclical, and interest rates and the current account are positively correlated. That is, emerging markets on average borrow more in good times and at lower interest rates as compared to slumps. Our ability to match these facts within the framework of an otherwise standard business cycle model with endogenous default relies on the importance of a stochastic trend in emerging markets.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10731.

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Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Publication status: published as Aguiar, Mark, and Gita Gopinath. "Defaultable Debt, Interest Rates and the Current Account." Journal of International Economics 69(1): 64-83, June 2006
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