The IMF Working Papers series is designed to make IMF staff research available to a wide audience. Almost 300 Working Papers are released each year, covering a wide range of theoretical and analytical topics, including balance of payments, monetary and fiscal issues, global liquidity, and national and international economic developments.
A common proposal designed to deal with the developing countries’ debt problem is that there be set up some kind of “international debt facility” which would buy up debt at a discount and then write down its contractual value, hence providing debt relief. There are three main parties to the proposed transaction, namely the debtor governments, the creditor banks, and the owners of the facility. The paper analyzes the central question of how each of the parties would be affected and, specifically, to what extent there would be some redistribution between them as a result of the arrangement.