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Debt restructuring in the euro area: a necessary but manageable evil? Bruegel Policy Contribution 2011/07, 21 June 2011

Darvas, Zsolt. (2011) Debt restructuring in the euro area: a necessary but manageable evil? Bruegel Policy Contribution 2011/07, 21 June 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    There are two possible responses to the Greek debt crisis: ‘Plan A’, continued official lending, for as long as needed, with possible voluntary private sector involvement, and ‘Plan B’, coercive pre-emptive or post-default restructuring with significant face value reduction. Both options have risks, but it is necessary to move to Plan B sooner or later. The impact on Greece could be mitigated by foreign bank ownership and proper liquidity support measures. The direct spillover impact on the rest of the euro area seems small. But there is the risk of contagion, which is a serious concern. There is a cautious case for delaying somewhat Plan B in order to prepare for it.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Greece
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > EMU/EMS/euro
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > financial crisis 2008-on and consequences/reforms
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Bruegel (Brussels) > Policy Contributions
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 23:26
    Number of Pages: 35
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 23:26
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32092

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