Creator: Atkeson, Andrew. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 381 Abstract:
This paper examines the optimal debt contract between lenders and a sovereign borrower when the borrower is free to repudiate the debt and when his decision to invest or consume borrowed funds is unobservable. We show that recurrent debt crises are a necessary part of the incentive structure which supports the optimal pattern of lending.
Keyword: Credit market, Foreign lending, International capital, International debt, International loans, Risk, Optimal debt contract, Debt crisis, and Moral hazard Subject (JEL): F34 - International finance - International lending and debt problems