Costs of Sovereign Defaults: Restructuring Strategies, Bank Distress and the Capital Inflow-Credit Channel
European Stability Mechanism Working Paper Series 37/2019; ISBN 978-92-95085-68-8
81 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2019
Date Written: March 25, 2018
Sovereign debt restructurings are associated with declines in GDP, investment, bank credit, and capital flows. The transmission channels and associated output and banking sector costs depend on whether the restructuring takes place preemptively, without missing payments to creditors, or whether it takes place after a default has occurred. Post-default restructurings are associated with larger declines in bank credit, an increase in lending interest rates, and a higher likelihood of triggering a banking crisis than pre-emptive restructurings. Our local projection estimates show large declines in GDP, investment, and credit amplified by severe sudden stops and transmitted through a “capital inflow-credit channel”.
Keywords: Sovereign Defaults; Sovereign Debt Restructurings; GDP Growth; Investment; Banking Crisis; Local Projection
JEL Classification: F34; F41; H63
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