Bankruptcy Proceedings for Sovereign State Insolvency

15 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2004

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Jonathan Thomas

University of Edinburgh - Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)


This paper examines the main issues involved in translating domestic bankruptcy procedures to the sovereign context. It considers some of the principles by which domestic bankruptcy procedures operate, and the extent to which they apply to international lending. Two recent proposals are considered in more detail, that of Krueger (A New Approach to Sovereign Debt Restructuring) and that of Pettifor (ch. 9/11, Resolving International Debt Crises - the Jubilee Framework for International Insolvency). The paper also considers the question of the ex ante effects of a procedure which makes default less costly, and concludes that despite a negative impact on the ability to borrow, the overall welfare effect need not be negative.

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Thomas, Jonathan P., Bankruptcy Proceedings for Sovereign State Insolvency. Available at SSRN:

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