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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

William R. Cline : "From Populist Destabilization to Reform and Possible Debt Relief in Greece" (pdf)

piie.com/publications/pb/pb15-12.pdf

Greece's debt burden is significantly lower than implied by the ratio of its gross debt to GDP, because of concessional interest rates on debt owed predominantly to the euro area official sector. The IMF's call for debt relief recognizes the lower interest burden but argues that the gross financing requirement is on track to exceed a sustainable range of 15 to 20 percent. But in the Fund's June Debt Sustainability Analysis that threshold would not be exceeded until after 2030. A sustainability diagnosis based on such a distant future date would seem at best illustrative rather than definitive. 

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