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By Carmen M. Reinhart

This e-book provides proof that public money owed within the complicated economies have surged lately to degrees no longer recorded because the finish of worldwide warfare II, surpassing the heights reached through the First global conflict and the nice melancholy. whilst, deepest debt degrees, quite these of economic associations and families, are in uncharted territory and are (in various levels) a contingent legal responsibility of the general public zone in lots of international locations. traditionally, excessive leverage episodes were linked to slower monetary progress and a better prevalence of default or, extra usually, restructuring of private and non-private bills. A extra refined kind of debt restructuring within the guise of economic repression (which had its heyday through the tightly regulated Bretton Woods process) additionally importantly facilitated sharper and extra swift debt aid than may have in a different way been the case from the overdue Nineteen Forties to the Nineteen Seventies. it truly is conjectured the following that the urgent wishes of governments to lessen debt rollover dangers and decrease emerging curiosity costs in gentle of the mammoth debt overhang (combined with the frequent reliable aversion to particular restructuring) are resulting in a revival of monetary repression, together with extra directed lending to govt via captive family audiences (such as pension funds), specific or implicit caps on rates of interest, and tighter law on cross-border capital hobbies.

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High Debt Episodes in the Sample The episodes that attract our interest are those where debt levels were historically high. As convenient as it is to focus exclusively on a particular country or a 24â•… GRAPHICS 3 single episode for a single country (like the United States around World War II, where the data are readily available, or an interesting ongoing case like Japan), the basis for an empirical regularity is multiple observations. Because our data span 44 countries with many going back to the 1800s or at least the beginning of the 19th century, our analysis is based on all the episodes of high (above 90 percent) debt for the post–World War II period; for the pre-war sample it covers all those for which data are available.

The threshold for public debt is similar in advanced and emerging-market economies and applies for both the post–World War II period and as far back as the data permit (often well into the 1800s). n Second, emerging markets face lower thresholds for total external debt (public and private)—which is usually denominated in a foreign currency. When total external debt reaches 60 percent of GDP, annual growth declines about 2 percent; for higher levels, growth rates are roughly cut in half. n Third, there is no apparent contemporaneous link between inflation and public debt levels for the advanced countries as a group (some countries, such as the United States, have experienced higher inflation when debt/ GDP is high).

The threshold for public debt is similar in advanced and emerging-market economies and applies for both the post–World War II period and as far back as the data permit (often well into the 1800s). n Second, emerging markets face lower thresholds for total external debt (public and private)—which is usually denominated in a foreign currency. When total external debt reaches 60 percent of GDP, annual growth declines about 2 percent; for higher levels, growth rates are roughly cut in half. n Third, there is no apparent contemporaneous link between inflation and public debt levels for the advanced countries as a group (some countries, such as the United States, have experienced higher inflation when debt/ GDP is high).

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