An International Debt Facility?

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W. Max Corden

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 12, 1988


A common proposal designed to deal with the developing countries` debt problem is that there be set up some kind of "international debt facility" which would buy up debt at a discount and then write down its contractual value, hence providing debt relief. There are three main parties to the proposed transaction, namely the debtor governments, the creditor banks, and the owners of the facility. The paper analyzes the central question of how each of the parties would be affected and, specifically, to what extent there would be some redistribution between them as a result of the arrangement.

JEL Classification: 4330

Suggested Citation

Corden, W. Max, An International Debt Facility? (February 12, 1988). IMF Working Paper No. 88/16, Available at SSRN:

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