The Debt Pandemic

The Debt Pandemic

By
Jeremy I. Bulow, Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff, Christoph Trebesch
Finance & Development. September
2020, Vol. 57, Issue 3, Pages 12–16

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly lengthened the list of developing and emerging market economies in debt distress. For some, a crisis is imminent. For many more, only exceptionally low global interest rates may be delaying a reckoning. Default rates are rising, and the need for debt restructuring is growing. Yet new challenges may hamper debt workouts unless governments and multilateral lenders provide better tools to navigate a wave of restructuring.