Endogenous Borrowing Constraints and Stagnation in Latin America

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February 2013
Paper author(s): 
Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria (The Ohio State University)
Macroeconomics - Economic growth - Monetary Policy
Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness

Latin America has had striking changes in economic performance over time. Following the recession and debt crises of the early 1980’s, consumption declined for about ten years and consumption per-capita in the year 2004 was roughly the same as it was in 1980. This paper studies consumption stagnation in Latin America using a small open economy real business cycle model with endogenous borrowing limits, capitalistic production and domestic productivity and international interest rate shocks. I find that the model does an excellent job matching the observed behavior of per-capita consumption, and that the interaction of both productivity and international interest rate shocks with the borrowing limit is key.


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