NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

South Korea's Experience With External Debt

Susan M. Collins

NBER Working Paper No. 2598
Issued in June 1988
NBER Program(s):   ITI   IFM

This paper examines South Korea's macroeconomic performance and experience with external debt during 1960-1986. Most of Korea's debt was accumulated during three periods: 1966-69, 1974-75 and 1979-81. Each involved an initial phase of economic difficulty and an slow-down in growth, followed by an impressive recovery. The paper reviews the economic and political developments during each cycle in some detail. Of particular interest are the shifts in economic policy as domestic authorities responded to external and internal developments. The paper is part of a larger study of the Korean experience.

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Published: "External Debt and Macroeconomic erformance in Korea" Developing Country Debt and Economic Performance: The Country Studies, Volume III: University of Chicago Press, 1990

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