Sovereign Debt Restructurings: Delays in Renegotiations and Risk Averse Creditors
72 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2017 Last revised: 25 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 1, 2019
Foreign creditors' business cycles influence both the process and the outcome of sovereign debt restructurings. We compile two datasets on creditor committees and chairs and on creditor business and financial cycles at the restructurings, and nd that when creditors experience high GDP growth, restructurings are delayed and settled with smaller haircuts. To rationalize these stylized facts, we develop a theoretical model of sovereign debt with multi-round renegotiations between a risk averse sovereign debtor and a risk averse creditor. The quantitative analysis of the model shows that high creditor income results in both longer delays in renegotiations and smaller haircuts. Our theoretical predictions are supported by data.
Keywords: Sovereign Debt; Sovereign Default; Sovereign Debt Restructuring; Delays in Negotiations; Risk Averse Creditor
JEL Classification: F34; F41; H63
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