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A Journey in the History of Sovereign Defaults on Domestic-Law Public Debt

Aitor Erce (), Enrico Mallucci () and Mattia Osvaldo Picarelli

No 1338, International Finance Discussion Papers from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Abstract: We introduce a novel database on sovereign defaults that involve public debt instruments governed by domestic law. By systematically reviewing a large number of sources, we identify 134 default and restructuring events of domestic debt instruments, in 52 countries from 1980 to 2018. Domestic-law defaults are a global phenomenon. Over time, they have become larger and more frequent than foreign-law defaults. Domestic-law debt restructurings proceed faster than foreign ones, often through extensions of maturities and amendments to the coupon structure. While face value reductions are rare, net-present-value losses for creditors are still large. Unilateral amendments and post-default restructuring are the norm, but negotiated pre-default restructurings are becoming increasingly frequent. We also document that domestic-law defaults typically involve debt denominated in local currency and held by resident investors. We complement our analysis with a collection "sovereign histories", which provide the fine details about each episode.

Keywords: Public debt; Sovereign default; Domestic law; Database (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 E65 F34 G01 H12 H63 K00 K41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-03-18
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DOI: 10.17016/IFDP.2022.1338

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