A Guide to Sovereign Debt Data

22 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2019

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S. M. Ali Abbas

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Kenneth Rogoff

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Chengyu Huang

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Kunxiang Diao

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

The last decade or so has seen a mushrooming of new sovereign debt databases covering long time spans for several countries. This represents an important breakthrough for economists who have long sought to, but been unable to tackle, first-order questions such as why countries have differential debt tolerance, and how debt levels affect the scope for countercyclical policy in recessions and financial crises. This paper backdrops these recent data efforts, identifying both the key innovations, as well as caveats that users should be aware of. A Directory of existing publicly-available sovereign debt databases, featuring compilations by institutions and individual researchers, is also included.

Keywords: Financial crises, Financial statistics, Domestic debt, Monetary statistics, External debt statistics, sovereign debt, public debt, government debt, debt statistics, historical database, WP, Rogoff, Reinhart, low-income country, data series

JEL Classification: H6, H63, N1, F3, E01, G21, C, F16

Suggested Citation

Abbas, S. M. Ali and Rogoff, Kenneth S. and Huang, Chengyu and Diao, Kunxiang, A Guide to Sovereign Debt Data (September 2019). IMF Working Paper No. 19/195. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3471385

S. M. Ali Abbas (Contact Author)

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Kenneth S. Rogoff

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Chengyu Huang

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Kunxiang Diao

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States

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