Creating Creditworthiness Through Reciprocal Trade

16 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2003

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Dalia Marin

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Faculty of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Monika Schnitzer

University of Munich - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

The paper investigates how barter can be used to finance imports and restore the creditworthiness of highly indebted countries when reputation as an enforcement mechanism for credit repayment does not work. The authors argue that payments in goods can be used to collateralize a trade credit and thus improve the creditor's incentives to pursue defaulting debtors. Furthermore, it is shown that barter is particularly advantageous if export revenues of the debtor country are stochastic, even in the absence of risk aversion. The predictions of the model are consistent with data on actual barter contracts.

Suggested Citation

Marin, Dalia and Schnitzer, Monika, Creating Creditworthiness Through Reciprocal Trade. Review of International Economics, Vol. 11, pp. 159-174, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371550

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