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International Policy Coordination: The Case of the Developing Country Debt Crisis

Jeffrey D. Sachs

NBER Working Paper No. 2287
Issued in June 1987
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM

This paper reviews the management of the debt crisis to date, and considers several possible alternative approaches for international cooperation in the future. The first part of the paper briefly reviews the scope of the crisis, and some of the reasons for its onset. Then, the paper describe the internationally coordinated policy responses to the crisis, as well as the conceptual underpinnings of this coordinated response. In the latter part of the paper, some of the reasons for the incomplete success of the policy response are described, and several alternative measures for the future are discussed. The discussion emphasizes the possible merits of debt forgiveness in addition to debt reschedulings as an instrument for the future management of the debt crisis.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2287

Published: International Economic Cooperation, Martin Feldstein, NBER and UCP, 1988

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