Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52917
Authors: 
Dijkstra, Geske
Hermes, Niels
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2001/122
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether, and to what extent, the uncertainty with respect to the annual debt service payments may adversely affect economic growth of the group of highly indebted poor countries (HIPCs). We find supportive evidence for this hypothesis. Based on these results, we conclude that debt relief may contribute to regaining growth by reducing uncertainty with respect to the debt service payments, which in turn may increase the effectiveness of government policies and consequently provide the private sector with positive signals about the future profitability of their investment.
Subjects: 
debt relief
uncertainty
debt service
HIPC
JEL: 
F34
E6
O11
ISBN: 
9291900672
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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