CFDP 1400

Catalytic Finance: When Does It Work?


Publication Date: February 2003

Pages: 20


In a simple model of currency crises caused by creditor coordination failure, we show that bailouts that reduce ex post inefficiency will sometimes create ex ante moral hazard but will sometimes enhance the incentives for governments to take preventative actions. This model helps us understand a debate about the role of the IMF in catalyzing lending to developing countries.


Moral hazard, Financial crisis, International financial architecture, Global games

JEL Classification Codes:  C72, D82, F33


Published in Journal of International Economics (September 2006), 70(1): 161-177 [DOI]