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Foreign debt and capital accumulátion

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In an open economy, a country may borrow in order to accumulate capital. The paper compares the case of foreign borrowing with a scenario in which a country accumulates capital internally by postponing consumption. The impact of borrowing on the time profile of consumption and of debt is analyzed. The model also specifies the time profile of the balance of trade. The opportunity costs of borrowing are studied and conditions are specified in which it is worthwhile to borrow. In the context of the model, some phenomena are discussed that may make it more difficult for the debtor country to pay interest and repay debt and that may be an inducement to breach the credit contract.

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  • Siebert, Horst, 1987. "Foreign debt and capital accumulátion," Discussion Papers, Series II 28, University of Konstanz, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 178 "Internationalization of the Economy".
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    7. Peura, Tapio, 1989. "An assessment of current account imbalance," Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 36/1989, Bank of Finland.
    8. Long, Ngo Van & Siebert, Horst, 1989. "Optimal foreign borrowing: the impact of the planning horizon on the half and full debt cycle," Kiel Working Papers 348, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel).
    9. Peura, Tapio, 1989. "An assessment of current account imbalance," Research Discussion Papers 36/1989, Bank of Finland.
    10. Hentschel, Jesko, 1988. "Non-optimizing growth-cum-debt models and sustainability of indebtedness," Discussion Papers, Series II 44, University of Konstanz, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 178 "Internationalization of the Economy".
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