Argentina's default and the lack of dire consequences

Werner Baer, Diego Margot, Gabriel Montes-Rojas

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We analyze the 2001 Argentine default on its foreign debt and its consequences in terms of the existing literature on sovereign debt default. It is our purpose to evaluate this experience and to see to what extent the Argentine case requires a re-thinking on the nature and consequences of defaults. We show that the Argentine case contradicts many of the standard predictions, in particular its posterior lack of access to international credit, restriction to international trade and negative economic growth. Moreover, it corroborates the historical fact that many defaulters "get away with it.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-146
Number of pages16
JournalEconomia Aplicada
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Argentina
  • Default
  • Sovereign debt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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