Is Greek Debt Really Unsustainable?

Greece will go to the polls on January 25th and everybody from German conservatives to Greek leftists seems to agree: Greek public debt is unsustainable. A haircut on investors and some form of partial default – more politely known as debt restructuring – is the only answer. ΙΜΚ 2015 Greek Debt by Debt Free on…

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Insolvency Frameworks for Sub-national Governments

This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected studies drawing on the work of the OECD’s Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language (English or French) with a short summary available…

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Non-Defaultable Debt and Sovereign Risk

We quantify gains from introducing non-defaultable debt as a limited additional financing option into a model of equilibrium sovereign risk. We find that, for an initial (defaultable) sovereign debt level equal to 66 percent of trend aggregate income and a sovereign spread of 2.9 percent, introducing the possibility of issuing non-defaultable debt for up to…

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IMF working paper: Dealing with Systemic Sovereign Debt Crises: Fiscal Consolidation, Bail-ins or Official Transfers?

The paper presents a tractable model to understand how international financial institutions (IFIs) should deal with the sovereign debt crisis of a systemic country, in which case private creditors’ bail-ins entail international spillovers. Besides lending to the country up to its borrowing capacity, IFIs face the difficult issue of how to address the remaining financing…

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