Macro-Financial Implications of Corporate (De)Leveraging in the Euro Area Periphery

26 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2013

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Manuela Goretti

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Marcos Souto

George Washington University - School of Business; International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

High corporate indebtedness can pose an important threat to the adjustment processes in some of the Euro area periphery countries, through its drag on investment as well as the possible migration of private sector losses to the sovereign balance sheet. This paper examines the macroeconomic implications of corporate debt overhang in recent years, confirming empirical evidence in the literature on the relationship between a firm’s balance sheet position and its investment choices, especially beyond certain threshold levels. Building on an event study of past crisis experiences with corporate deleveraging, it also discusses the expected macro-financial impact of the ongoing deleveraging processes in these countries, presenting available policy options to facilitate an orderly balance-sheet adjustment and support a return to productivity and growth.

Keywords: Corporate sector, Europe, Debt burden, Euro Area, Financial crisis, Debt restructuring, Corporate Investment, Debt overhang, Deleveraging, Crisis, debt overhang, debt restructuring, crisis episodes, corporate sector, competitiveness, debt burden, recession, pre-crisis, crisis countries, banking crisis, banking crises, external financing, international lending, debt thresholds, asset management companies, financial restructuring, contingent liabilities, financial crises, global recession, government debt, systemic banking crises, asset management, debt problems, sovereign debt crisis, debt obligations, financial crisis, european financial crisis, prudential supervision, financial deepening

JEL Classification: E22, F34, G31, G34

Suggested Citation

Goretti, Manuela and Souto, Marcos, Macro-Financial Implications of Corporate (De)Leveraging in the Euro Area Periphery (June 2013). IMF Working Paper No. 13/154, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292342 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2292342

Manuela Goretti (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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Marcos Souto

George Washington University - School of Business ( email )

Washington, DC 20052
United States

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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