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Debt Write-Downs and Debt-Equity Swaps in the Two Sector Model

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  • Linda S. Goldberg
  • Mark Spiegel

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"Debt overhang" models have motivated the possibility of Pareto-improving "market-based debt-reduction schemes" under an assumption of creditor seizure in bad states. These models usually reach the conclusion that while pure debt forgiveness is in the interest of debtor nations, debt repurchase programs are not. This paper introduces a "safe sector" into the debtor nation which is unexposed to seizure during default states. Two important results which emerge are that debt forgiveness is not necessarily in the interest of all debtors, and the potential for Pareto-improving debt-equity swaps is magnified.

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  • Linda S. Goldberg & Mark Spiegel, 1989. "Debt Write-Downs and Debt-Equity Swaps in the Two Sector Model," NBER Working Papers 3121, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Jeffrey Sachs & Harry Huizinga, 1987. "U.S. Commercial Banks and the Developing-Country Debt Crisis," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 18(2), pages 555-606.
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