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Boon or Burden? The Effect of Private Sector Debt on the Risk of Sovereign Default in Developing Countries

  • Celasun, Oya
  • Harms, Philipp

We explore how the share of the private sector in total external debt affects perceived creditworthiness and the likelihood of sovereign default in developing countries. While there are theoretical arguments both in favor and against a stabilizing role of private-sector borrowing, the evidence clearly supports the notion that a greater share of the private sector in total external debt is associated with a reduced likelihood of sovereign default.

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics in its series Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zurich 2008 with number 16.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:gdec08:16
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