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Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

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The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, launched in 1999 by the IMF and the World Bank, was the first coordinated effort by the international financial community to reduce the foreign debt of the world’s poorest countries. It was based on the theory that economic growth in heavily indebted poor countries was being stifled by heavy debt burdens, making it virtually impossible for these countries to escape poverty. However, most of the empirical research on the effects of debt on growth has lumped together a diverse group of countries, and the literature on the countries’ impact of debt on poor is scant. This pamphlet presents the findings of the authors’ empirical research into the subject, analyzing the channels through which debt affects growth in low-income countries.

Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

Abstract

The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, launched in 1999 by the IMF and the World Bank, was the first coordinated effort by the international financial community to reduce the foreign debt of the world’s poorest countries. It was based on the theory that economic growth in heavily indebted poor countries was being stifled by heavy debt burdens, making it virtually impossible for these countries to escape poverty. However, most of the empirical research on the effects of debt on growth has lumped together a diverse group of countries, and the literature on the countries’ impact of debt on poor is scant. This pamphlet presents the findings of the authors’ empirical research into the subject, analyzing the channels through which debt affects growth in low-income countries.

Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

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La Iniciativa para los Países Pobres Muy Endeudados, lanzada en 1999 por el FMI y el Banco Mundial, fue el primer plan coordinado de la comunidad financiera internacional para reducir la deuda externa de los países más pobres del mundo. Se basa en la teoría de que en los países pobres muy endeudados el crecimiento económico se ve paralizado por la gravosa carga de la deuda, lo cual hace prácticamente imposible que estos países salgan de la pobreza. Sin embargo, en la mayor parte de las investigaciones empíricas sobre los efectos de la deuda en el crecimiento económico se ha analizado de manera grupal a una serie de países muy diversos, y son muy limitados los estudios sobre el impacto que tiene la deuda de los países en la población pobre. Este folleto presenta los resultados de las investigaciones empíricas de los autores sobre este tema, y se analizan los canales a través de los cuales la deuda afecta al crecimiento económico de los países de bajo ingreso.

Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

Abstract

The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, launched in 1999 by the IMF and the World Bank, was the first coordinated effort by the international financial community to reduce the foreign debt of the world’s poorest countries. It was based on the theory that economic growth in heavily indebted poor countries was being stifled by heavy debt burdens, making it virtually impossible for these countries to escape poverty. However, most of the empirical research on the effects of debt on growth has lumped together a diverse group of countries, and the literature on the countries’ impact of debt on poor is scant. This pamphlet presents the findings of the authors’ empirical research into the subject, analyzing the channels through which debt affects growth in low-income countries.

Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

Abstract

The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, launched in 1999 by the IMF and the World Bank, was the first coordinated effort by the international financial community to reduce the foreign debt of the world’s poorest countries. It was based on the theory that economic growth in heavily indebted poor countries was being stifled by heavy debt burdens, making it virtually impossible for these countries to escape poverty. However, most of the empirical research on the effects of debt on growth has lumped together a diverse group of countries, and the literature on the countries’ impact of debt on poor is scant. This pamphlet presents the findings of the authors’ empirical research into the subject, analyzing the channels through which debt affects growth in low-income countries.

Toan Quoc Nguyen, Mr. Benedict J. Clements, and Ms. Rina Bhattacharya

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L’initiative en faveur des pays pauvres très endettés, lancée en 1999 par le FMI et la Banque mondiale, était le premier effort concerté de la communauté financière internationale pour réduire l’endettement extérieur des pays les plus pauvres du monde. Elle reposait sur l’idée que la croissance économique de ces pays était étouffée par la charge de leur dette, de sorte qu’il leur était quasiment impossible d’échapper à la misère. Cependant, la plupart des études empiriques décrivant les effets de l’endettement sur la croissance portent sur un ensemble disparate de pays ; rares sont les travaux consacrés exclusivement aux conséquences de l’endettement pour les pauvres. Cette brochure présente les conclusions des recherches empiriques des auteurs sur ce sujet, notamment leur analyse des circuits de transmission des effets de la dette sur la croissance des pays à faible revenu.

Mr. Mark R. Stone

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Examines the steps involved in restructuring the corporate sector. Large-scale corporate restructuring made necessary by a financial crisis is one of the most daunting challenges faced by economic policymakers. The government is forced to take a leading role, even if indirectly, because of the need to prioritize policy goals, address market failures, reform the legal and tax systems, and deal with the resistance of powerful interest groups.

Mr. Mark R. Stone

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Examina las etapas del proceso de reestructuración del sector empresarial. La reestructuración a gran escala del sector empresarial que resulta necesaria como consecuencia de una crisis financiera es uno de los desafíos más abrumadores a que deben enfrentarse las autoridades de política económica El gobierno se ve forzado a asumir una función de liderazgo, siquiera de manera indirecta, debido a la necesidad de priorizar los objetivos de política, reformar los sistemas de leyes e impuestos y hacer frente a la resistencia de poderosos grupos de interés.

Mr. Mark R. Stone

Abstract

Examines the steps involved in restructuring the corporate sector. Large-scale corporate restructuring made necessary by a financial crisis is one of the most daunting challenges faced by economic policymakers. The government is forced to take a leading role, even if indirectly, because of the need to prioritize policy goals, address market failures, reform the legal and tax systems, and deal with the resistance of powerful interest groups.

Mr. Mark R. Stone

Abstract

Examines the steps involved in restructuring the corporate sector. Large-scale corporate restructuring made necessary by a financial crisis is one of the most daunting challenges faced by economic policymakers. The government is forced to take a leading role, even if indirectly, because of the need to prioritize policy goals, address market failures, reform the legal and tax systems, and deal with the resistance of powerful interest groups.