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Distributional Incentives in an Equilibrium Model of Domestic Sovereign Default

Pablo D'Erasmo () and Enrique Mendoza ()

No 16-23, Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Abstract: Europe?s debt crisis resembles historical episodes of outright default on domestic public debt about which little research exists. This paper proposes a theory of domestic sovereign default based on distributional incentives affecting the welfare of risk-averse debt and non-debtholders. A utilitarian government cannot sustain debt if default is costless. If default is costly, debt with default risk is sustainable, and debt falls as the concentration of debt ownership rises. A government favoring bondholders can also sustain debt, with debt rising as ownership becomes more concentrated. These results are robust to adding foreign investors, redistributive taxes, or a second asset.

Keywords: European debt crisis; Sovereign default; Public debt (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E6 F34 E44 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 72 pages
Date: 2016-08-09, Revised 2016-08-09
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