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GDP-Indexed Bonds: Making It Happen

  • Stephany Griffith-Jones
  • Krishnan Sharma
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    There has been increasing interest in exploring financial instruments that could limit the cyclical vulnerabilities of developing countries and reduce the likelihood of defaults and debt crises. GDP-indexed bonds fall into this category and may also generate a wider range of benefits for issuer countries, investors and the global financial system. The authors also examine the concerns and obstacles relating to the introduction of this instrument, suggesting that some may be exaggerated while others could be overcome. The paper calls for international public action to help develop markets for GDP-linked bonds and proposes a number of actions, some of which would require collaboration between Governments, multilateral development banks and the private sector.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 21.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:21
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    1. Alexandra Tabova, 2005. "On the feasibility and desirability of GDP-indexed concessional lending," Department of Economics Working Papers 0509, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.
    2. Morris Goldstein & Philip Turner, 2004. "Controlling Currency Mismatches in Emerging Markets," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 373.
    3. Eduardo Borensztein & Paolo Mauro, 2004. "The case for GDP-indexed bonds," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 19(38), pages 165-216, 04.
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