Found 45 article(s) for author 'Carmen Reinhart'

Dealing with Debt

Dealing with Debt. Carmen M. Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff, February 2015, Paper. “This paper explores the menu of options for renormalizing public debt levels relative to nominal activity in the long run, should governments eventually decide to do so. Orthodox ones for medium-term debt stabilization, the standard fare of officialdom, include enhancing growth, running primary budget surpluses, and privatizing government assets. Heterodox polices include restructuring debt contracts, generating unexpected inflation, taxing wealth, and repressing private finance. We examine 70 episodes across 22 advanced economies…” Link

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This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises

This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises, Carmen M. Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff, November 2014, Paper, This paper offers a “panoramic” analysis of the history of financial crises dating from England’s fourteenth-century default to the current United States sub-prime financial crisis. Our study is based on a new dataset that spans all regions. It incorporates a number of important credit episodes seldom covered in the literature, including for example, defaults and restructurings in India and China. As the first paper employing this data, our aim is to illustrate some of the broad insights that can be gleaned from such a sweeping historical database. We find that serial default is a nearly universal phenomenon as countries struggle to transform themselves from emerging markets to advanced economies. Link

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Sovereign-debt relief and its aftermath: The 1930s, the 1990s, the future?

Sovereign-debt relief and its aftermath: The 1930s, the 1990s, the future?, Carmen M. Reinhart, October 21, 2014, Opinion, To work towards resolving Europe’s ongoing debt crisis this column looks to the past. From the recent emerging market debt crisis (1980s-2000s) and the interwar episode of the 1920s-1930s we learn that debt write-downs and defaults are able to be postponed but not prevented. Punishment for default is temporary, sometimes followed by a renewed surge in borrowing that leads to another crisis. Link

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A Distant Mirror of Debt, Default, and Relief

A Distant Mirror of Debt, Default, and Relief. Carmen Reinhart, October 2014, Paper. “We take a first pass at quantifying the magnitudes of debt relief achieved through default and restructuring in two distinct samples: 1979-2010, focusing on credit events in emerging markets, and 1920-1939, documenting the official debt hangover in advanced economies that was created by World War I and its aftermath. We examine the economic performance of debtor countries during and after these overhang episodes, by tracing the evolution of real per capita GDP (levels and growth rates); sovereign credit ratings…” (May require purchase or user account) Link

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Recovery from Financial Crises: Evidence from 100 Episodes

Recovery from Financial Crises: Evidence from 100 Episodes. Kenneth Rogoff, Carmen Reinhart, Paper, January 2014. “We examine the evolution of real per capita GDP around 100 systemic banking crises. Part of the costs of these crises owes to the protracted nature of recovery. On average, it takes about eight years to reach the pre-crisis level of income; the median is about 6 ½ years. Five to six years after the onset of crisis, only Germany and the US (out of 12 systemic cases) have reached their 2007-2008 peaks in real income. Forty-five percent of the episodes recorded double dips. Postwar business…” (May require user account or purchase) Link

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Financial and Sovereign Debt Crises: Some Lessons Learned and Those Forgotten

Financial and Sovereign Debt Crises: Some Lessons Learned and Those Forgotten. Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff, December 24, 2013, Paper. “Even after one of the most severe multi-year crises on record in the advanced economies, the received wisdom in policy circles clings to the notion that high-income countries are completely different from their emerging market counterparts. The current phase of the official policy approach is predicated on the assumption that debt sustainability can be achieved through a mix of austerity, forbearance and growth…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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Investment in the wake of crises: Asia 15 years later

Investment in the wake of crises: Asia 15 years later, Carmen Reinhart, December 17, 2013, Opinion. “Financial crises cast a long shadow on investment. For nine major Asian economies, average investment as a share of GDP declined sharply during 1998-2012 from its average in the decade before the Asian crisis (if China and India are excluded, the estimated decline exceeds 9%). This column suggests that there is a connection between the sustained reserve accumulation and the significantly lower levels of investment in the region.” Link

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Crowding Out Redefined: The Role of Reserve Accumulation

Crowding Out Redefined: The Role of Reserve Accumulation. Carmen Reinhart, Takeshi Tashiro, November 2013, Paper. “It is well understood that investment serves as a shock absorber at the time of crisis. The duration of the drag on investment, however, is perplexing. For the nine Asian economies we focus on in this study, average investment/GDP is about 6 percentage points lower during 1998-2012 than its average level in the decade before the crisis; if China and India are excluded, the estimated decline exceeds 9 percent. We document how in the wake of crisis home bias in finance usually…” (May require user account or purchase) Link

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Asia Chartbook: Crises, Credit and Debt, 1835-2013

Asia Chartbook: Crises, Credit and Debt, 1835-2013. Carmen Reinhart, November 2013, Paper. “This Chartbook, which is a companion piece to Carmen M. Reinhart and Takeshi Tashiro (2013) “Crowding Out Redefined: The Role of Reserve Accumulation,” focuses on nine Asian economies: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Like its predecessor (Reinhart, 2010), it provides a pictorial history, on a country-by-country basis. In addition to public debt, we trace out the evolution of its composition between domestic and external borrowing…” (May require purchase or user account) Link

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Austerity is Not the Only Answer to a Debt Problem

Austerity is Not the Only Answer to a Debt Problem. Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff, May 1, 2013, Article. “The recent debate about the global economy has taken a distressingly simplistic turn. Some now argue that just because one cannot definitely prove very high debt is bad for growth (though the weight of the results still say it is), then high debt is not a problem. Looking beyond the recent public debate about the literature on debt – we have already discussed our results on debt and growth in that context – the debate needs to be reconnected to the facts. Let us start with one: the ratios of debt to gross domestic product are at historically high levels…” Link

 

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