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Sovereign Debt and Incentives to Default with Uninsurable Risks

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  • Bloise, Gaetano

    (Yeshiva University and University of Rome III)

  • Polemarchakis, Herakles

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Vailakis, Yiannis

    (University of Glasgow)

Abstract

Sovereign debt is not sustainable even in the presence of uninsurable risks; which extends the result of Bulow and Rogoff (1989). But the argument is not as general. Indeed, examples show that positive borrowing may be enforced even though the sovereign’s natural debt limits, corresponding to the most pessimistic evaluation of future endowment, are finite. Unsustainable sovereign debt in incomplete asset markets requires a strong version of high implied interest rates: the value of the most optimistic evaluation of future endowment is finite.

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  • Bloise, Gaetano & Polemarchakis, Herakles & Vailakis, Yiannis, 2016. "Sovereign Debt and Incentives to Default with Uninsurable Risks," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 1107, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Sovereign risk ; Ponzi games ; Reputational debt ; Incomplete markets;
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    JEL classification:

    • 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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