Lending across national boundaries is different from lending within national boundaries because of the difficulty of imposing legal sanctions. This paper examines a simple model of international lending where the borrower can repudiate, without legal sanction, if this is to his advantage. The model has an infinite time horizon and it is assumed the borrower has an i.i.d. income stream. It is shown that, although debt is initially restricted, in the long run consumption is completely stabilised.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||European Economic Review|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1990|