Structuring and Restructuring Sovereign Debt: The Role of a Bankruptcy Regime

29 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2007

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Patrick Bolton

Columbia Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Olivier Jeanne

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department; Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees (ENPC); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

In an environment characterized by weak contractual enforcement, sovereign lenders can enhance the likelihood of repayment by making their claims more difficult to restructure ex post. We show however, that competition for repayment among lenders may result in a sovereign debt that is excessively difficult to restructure in equilibrium. This inefficiency may be alleviated by a suitably designed bankruptcy regime that facilitates debt restructuring.

Keywords: Sovereign debt, Debt restructuring, Bankruptcy, Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism, Working Paper

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Patrick and Jeanne, Olivier, Structuring and Restructuring Sovereign Debt: The Role of a Bankruptcy Regime (August 2007). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-27, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007940

Patrick Bolton

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