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 dynamic framework is utilized to evaluate buy-backs of a country’s external debt. The model solves for the price of debt on the basis of expectations concerning the debtor’s ability to pay, and upon a variety of assumptions concerning changes in property rights consistent with various debt reduction programs. The importance of these assumptions is illustrated in simulations that relate debt reduction to a conventional balance of payments projection.