Income inequality and sovereign default
Kiyoung Jeon and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Zeynep Yom ()
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2018, vol. 95, issue C, 211-232
In this paper, we study how income inequality matters for government borrowing and default decisions. We extend a standard endogenous sovereign debt default model to allow for heterogeneous agents and stochastic variability in the dispersion of income. We calibrate the model to match a number of stylized facts for Argentina. We show that (i) rising income inequality within a country increases the probability of default significantly; (ii) the effect of output shocks is larger than the effect of inequality shocks; (iii) the joint effect of these two shocks can generate a high default probability consistent with the Argentine data; (iv) the model can match the high volatility of consumption by the poor relative to the rich; and (v) more progressive income taxes lead to lower default risk.
Keywords: Sovereign debt; Default; Income inequality; Redistribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F3 F4 E5 D5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Income Inequality and Sovereign Default (2016)
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