April 16, 2008

This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises*
Carmen M. Reinhart, University of Maryland and NBER Kenneth S. Rogoff, Harvard University and NBER

Abstract

This paper offers a “panoramic” analysis of the history of financial crises dating from England’s fourteenth-century default to the current United States sub-prime financial crisis. Our study is based on a new dataset that spans all regions. It incorporates a number of important credit episodes seldom covered in the literature, including for example, defaults and restructurings in India and China. As the first paper employing this data, our aim is to illustrate some of the broad insights that can be gleaned from such a sweeping historical database. We find that serial default is a nearly universal phenomenon as countries struggle to transform themselves from emerging markets to advanced economies. Major default episodes are typically spaced some years (or decades) apart, creating an illusion that “this time is different” among policymakers and investors. A recent example of the “this time is different” syndrome is the false belief that domestic debt is a novel feature of the modern financial landscape. We also confirm that crises frequently emanate from the financial centers with transmission through interest rate shocks and commodity price collapses. Thus, the recent US sub-prime financial crisis is hardly unique. Our data also documents other crises that often accompany default: including inflation, exchange rate crashes, banking crises, and currency debasements. JEL E6, F3, and N0

The authors are grateful to Vincent Reinhart, John Singleton, Arvind Subramanian, and seminar participants at Columbia and Harvard Universities for useful comments and suggestions and Ethan Ilzetzki, Fernando Im, and Vania Stavrakeva for excellent research assistance.

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I. Introduction The economics profession has an unfortunate tendency to view recent experience in the narrow window provided by standard datasets. With a few notable exceptions, crosscountry empirical studies on financial crises typically begin in 1980 and are limited in several other important respects.1 Yet an event that is rare in a three decade span may not be all that rare when placed in a broader context. This paper introduces a comprehensive new historical database for studying international debt and banking crises, inflation, currency crashes and debasements. The data covers sixty-six countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. The range of variables encompasses, among many other dimensions, external and domestic debt, trade, GNP, inflation, exchange rates, interest rates, and commodity prices. The coverage spans eight centuries, generally going back to the date of independence for most countries, and well into the colonial period for some. As we detail in an annotated appendix, the construction of our dataset has built heavily on the work of earlier scholars. However, it also includes a considerable amount of new material from diverse primary and secondary sources. In addition to a systematic dating of external debt and exchange rate crises, the appendix to this paper also catalogues dates for domestic inflation and banking crises. For the dating of sovereign defaults on domestic (mostly local currency) debt, see Reinhart and Rogoff (2008). The paper is organized as follows. Section II summarizes highlights from a first view of the extended dataset, with special reference to the current conjuncture. Among other things, we note that policymakers should not be overly cheered by the absence of major external defaults from 2003 to 2007, after the wave of defaults in the preceding two

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Among many important previous studies include work by Bordo, Eichengreen, Lindert, Morton and Taylor.

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decades. Serial default remains the norm, with international waves of defaults typically separated by many years, if not decades. Many foreign investors and policymakers today seem lulled by the fact that many emerging market governments have become less reliant on foreign currency external borrowing than in the recent past. Countries have instead been relying more on domestic currency debt issued in local markets. Yet, as we show in a companion paper, reliance on domestic debt is hardly new, and the view that domestic debt can be largely ignored in looking at external debt sustainability is hard to reconcile with the extensive historical experience.2 Our dataset reveals that the phenomenon of serial default is a universal rite of passage through history for nearly all countries as they pass through the emerging market state of development. This includes not only Latin America, but Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We also find that high inflation, currency crashes, and debasements often go handin-hand with default. Last, but not least, we find that historically, significant waves of increased capital mobility are often followed by a string of domestic banking crises. Section III of the paper gives a brief overview of the sample and data. Section IV catalogues the history of serial default on external debts, from England’s defaults in the Middle Ages, to Spain’s thirteen defaults from the 1500s on, to twentieth-century defaults in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our database marks the years that default episodes are resolved as well as when they began, allowing us to look at the duration of default in addition to the frequency. Section V of the paper looks at the effect of global factors on sovereign default, including commodity prices and capital flows emanating from the center countries. We

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These issues are analyzed in detail in Reinhart and Rogoff (2008).

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) The first observation is that for the world as a whole (or at least the more than 90 percent of global GDP represented by our dataset). we take up the issue of how countries can graduate from the perennial problem of serial default.. 3 . Section VII introduces a composite index that aggregates the “varieties of crises. one fact that jumps out from the figure are the long periods where a high percentage of all countries are in a state of default or restructuring.e. there are five pronounced peaks or default cycles in the figure. a government default on its own external debt or private sector debts that were publicly guaranteed. while Appendices I (macroeconomic series) and II (debt) list all the variables in the database and provide their sources on a period-by-period and country-by-country basis. Will the early 21st century prove different? Appendix A gives a brief synopsis of how the database was constructed.show how shocks emanating from the center countries can lead to financial crises worldwide. the 2007–2008 US sub-prime financial crisis is hardly exceptional. Aside from the current lull. the percentage of all independent countries in a state of default or restructuring during any given year. Indeed. First Insights: The Big Picture What are some basic insights one gains from this panoramic view of the history of financial crises? We begin by discussing sovereign default on external debt (i. Section VI shows that episodes of high inflation and currency debasement are just as much a universal right of passage as serial default. the current period can be seen as a typical lull that follows large global financial crises. In this respect. II.” In the concluding section. Figure 1 plots for the years 1800 to 2006 (where our dataset is most complete).

Indeed.3 The most recent default cycle encompasses the emerging market debt crises of the 1980s and 1990s. nearly half the countries in the world were in default (including all of Latin America). The third episode begins in the early 1870s and lasts for two decades. at times. Notes: Sample size includes all countries. and Savastano (2003). that were independent states in the given year. when again nearly half of all countries stood in default. Suter (1992). when one weights countries by their share of global GDP.The first is during the Napoleonic War. out of a total of sixty six listed in Table 1. Only the two decades before World War I—the halcyon days of the gold standard—exhibited tranquility Kindleberger (1988) is among the few scholars who emphasize that the 1950s can be viewed as a financial crisis era. Figure 1 Sovereign External Debt: 1800-2006 Percent of Countries in Default or Restructuring 60 50 40 Percent of countries 30 20 10 0 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 Year Sources: Lindert and Morton (1989). as in Figure 2 below. the current lull stands out even more against the preceding century. Macdonald (2003). and Standard and Poor’s (various years). Rogoff. The second runs from the 1820s through the late 1840s. 3 4 . Purcell and Kaufman (1993). Reinhart. when. The fourth episode begins in the Great Depression of the 1930s and extends through the early 1950s.

Outside World War II. the late 1960s until 1982 had an even lower percentage of independent countries in default. but also due to the fact that many countries never emerged from the defaults surrounding the Great Depression of the 1930s. though he does not provide quantification. 4 5 . once cannot fail to note that whereas one and two decade lulls in defaults are not at all uncommon.anywhere close to that of the 2003-to-2007 period. the Napoleonic War defaults become as important as any other period. serial default on external debt—that is. with countries representing almost 40 percent of global GDP in a state of default or rescheduling. only the peak of the 1980s debt crisis nears the levels of the early 1800’s.4 Looking forward. As we shall see when we tabulate individual country experiences in Section IV. each lull has invariably been followed by a new wave of default. This comparison weights defaulting countries by share of world income. This is partly a result of new defaults produced by the war. for example. Figure 2 is interesting because it shows the years after World War II as marking the peak of by far the largest default era in modern world history.5 By the same token. 5 Kindleberger (1989) emphasizes the prevalence of default after World War II. On an unweighted basis (so. repeated sovereign default—is the norm throughout every region in the world. the poorest countries in Africa and South Asia receive the same weight as Brazil or the United States). even including Asia and Europe.

in generating waves of defaults. play a major role in precipitating sovereign debt crises. Rogoff. and Mauro. 6 See Bulow and Rogoff (1990). Notes: Sample size includes all countries. Sussman and Yafeh (2006). Maddison (2003). 1990 for the period 1914–1990. Macdonald (2003). Purcell and Kaufman (1993). Suter (1992). 1913 weights for the period 1800–1913.Figure 2 Sovereign External Debt: 1800-2006 Countries in Default Weighted by Their Share of World Income 45 40 35 All countries in sample Percent of world Income 30 25 20 15 Excluding China 10 5 0 Sources: Lindert and Morton (1989). Reinhart.6 We take up this issue in Section V. 18 00 18 07 18 14 18 21 18 28 18 35 18 42 18 49 18 56 18 63 18 70 18 77 18 84 18 91 18 98 19 05 19 12 19 19 19 26 19 33 19 40 19 47 19 54 19 61 19 68 19 75 19 82 19 89 19 96 20 03 Ye ar We have already seen from Figure 2 that global conflagration can be a huge factor 6 . and finally 2003 weights for the period 1991–2006. with troughs typically resulting in multiple defaults. peaks and troughs in commodity price cycles appear to be leading indicators of peaks and troughs in the capital flow cycle. that were independent states in the given year. we show that over the period 1800 to 2006. out of a total of sixty six listed in Table 1. and Savastano (2003). Making use of a range of real global commodity price indices. including commodity prices and center country interest rates. Our extensive new dataset also confirms the prevailing view among economists that global economic factors. Three sets of GDP weights are used. and Standard and Poor’s (various years).

What separates this study from previous efforts (that we are aware of) is that for so many countries. and global level since 1800 if not before. 1999 and Reinhart and Rogoff.) Our work was greatly simplified back to 1880 by the careful study of Bordo. due to Obstfeld and Taylor (2003). et al. to cover our full sample period.. but historically. 7 . The figure plots a three-year moving average of the share of all countries experiencing banking crises on the right scale. On the left scale. Kaminsky and Reinhart. updated and backcast using their same design principle.An even stronger regularity found in the literature on modern financial crises (e. Periods of high international capital mobility have repeatedly produced international banking crises. The earliest advanced economy banking crisis in our sample is Denmark in 1813. not only famously as they did in the 1990s. 2008b) is that countries experiencing sudden large capital inflows are at a high risk of having a debt crisis.g. we feel it nevertheless provides a concise summary of complicated forces by emphasizing de facto capital mobility based on actual flows. our dating of crises extends back to far before the much-studied modern post– World War II era. we employ our favored index of capital mobility. While the Obstfeld–Taylor index may have its limitations. (See Table A. the two earliest ones we clock in emerging markets are India. The dating of banking crises episodes is discussed in detail in the Appendix. 1863 and Peru 10 years later. with surges in capital inflows often preceding external debt crises at the country. regional. specifically we start in 1800. (2001)—but for the earlier period we had to resort to archeological work. The preliminary evidence here suggests the same to be true over a much broader sweep of history.3 for details. Also consonant with the modern theory of crises is the striking correlation between freer capital mobility and the incidence of banking crises. as illustrated in Figure 3.

on the other hand. our database includes long time series on domestic public debt. and held by foreign residents. we updated our favorite index of capital mobility. External debt. (2001). out of a total of sixty six listed in Table 1 that were independent states in the given year.6 Index 0. Caprio et al. backcast from 1800 to 1859 using their same design principle. Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999). admittedly arbitrary. 1860–1879. (The aforementioned Peruvian case comes from a little-known 1957 book published in Lima by Carlos Camprubi Alcazar entitled Historia de los Bancos en el Peru.3 0.) As noted. but a concise summary of complicated forces. and these authors.9 0. On the right scale.7 Because historical data on domestic debt is so difficult to come by.7 0. many generally knowledgeable observers have argued that the recent shift by many emerging market For most emerging market economies. over most of the time period considered. Notes: As with external debt crises.8 0.1 Low 0 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 1918 5 0 Sources: Bordo et al. 3-year Sum (right scale) 35 30 25 20 Capital Mobility (left scale) 1825 15 1860 1980 10 1945 0. sample size includes all countries. (2005). was typically in foreign currency.4 0. Obstfeld and Taylor (2004). Indeed.5 0. 7 Percent 8 .Figure 3 Capital Mobility and the Incidence of Banking Crisis: All Countries. it has been ignored in the empirical studies on debt and inflation in developing countries. The smooth red line shows the judgmental index of the extent of capital mobility given by Obstfeld and Taylor (2003). domestically issued debt was in local currency and held principally by local residents.2 Share of Countries in Banking Crisis. There are many more such case studies in our references that were a vital source of information on banking crises. 18002007 1914 High 1 0.

this data reveal that a very important share of domestic debt—even in emerging markets— was long-term maturity See the IMF Global Financial Stability Report. (This figure is an unweighted average of the individual country ratios. For our entire sample of sixty-six countries.governments from external to domestic bond issues is revolutionary and unprecedented. put together an annual series going back to 1990 for a limited number of emerging market countries. many private investment-bank reports also trumpet the rise of domestic debt as a harbinger of stability. domestic debt constituted an important part of government debt in most countries. cross-country historical time series on domestically issued debt are also absent from private data collections. 2008). domestically issued debt averages more than 50 percent of total debt for most of the period. The first is that contrary to much contemporary opinion. over most of their existence. we focus on a few major points. contrary to the received wisdom. 8 9 . nothing could be further from the truth. Jeanne and Guscina (2008) have extended them both back to 1980 and up to 2005.9 The topic of domestic debt is so important. Reinhart. Neither the International Monetary Fund nor the World Bank systematically collected such data. that we have broken out our data analysis into an independent companion piece (Reinhart and Rogoff. the domestic debt share is typically over 30 percent and has been at times over 50 percent. Rogoff and Savastano (2003). and the implications for existing empirical studies on inflation and external default are so profound. Here. with implications for today’s markets and for historical analyses of debt and inflation. Until very recently. Furthermore. with extensive help from IMF staff and country sources. April 2007.) Even for Latin America.8 As we shall argue. domestic debt was not on the radar screen of the multilateral institutions. including emerging markets. Figure 4 plots domestic debt as a share of total public debt over 1900 to 2006. 9 Since then. In fact.

and others sources listed in Appendix II. which are entirely levered off the real money base.00 0. most empirical researchers have ignored the issue entirely. (Reinhart and Rogoff 2008a). domestic debt does not appear to be junior to external debt.10 0.60 Share 0.00 1900 1905 1910 1915 1920 1925 1930 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 of which North America All countries of which Latin America Sources: The League of Nations.20 0. Reinhart and Rogoff find that the same issue arises in the analysis of high inflation. even factoring in a government’s ability to default via inflation. most of the empirical literature since Cagan’s classic (1956) paper has focused on the “seignorage” gains from inflation.90 0. 1900-2006 1. at the very least. Yet. the implication is that the extent of domestic debt can be quite important in assessing the sustainability of a country’s external debt payments. Yet.80 0. In that paper. the United Nations. because it has not been possible to obtain extensive historical time series on domestic debt until now.50 0. Figure 5 on inflation and external 10 .30 0.Figure 4 Domestic Public Debt as a Share of Total Debt.40 0. we also present a variety of evidence to support the view that.70 0. the government’s gain to unexpected inflation often derives at least as much from capital losses that are inflicted on holders of long-term government bonds. As payments on domestic debt must come from the same revenue stream as payments on foreign debt.

the risk of default on external debt has dropped dramatically. especially as the share of external debt has fallen. most investment banks. Figure 5 Inflation and External Default: 1900-2006 50 45 40 35 Share of countries in default Correlations: 1900-2006 0.75 Percent of countries 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 1900 1904 1908 1912 1916 1920 1924 1928 1932 1936 1940 1944 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 Share of countries with inflation above 20 percent Ye ar Sources: For share of countries in default. inflation and default have gone hand-in-hand. see Appendix I.39 excluding the Great Depression 0. As we have already noted. This conclusion seems to be built on the faulty premise that countries will treat domestic debt as junior. Since World War II.default (1900–2006) illustrates the striking correlation between the share of countries in default on debt at one point and the number of countries experiencing high inflation (which we define to be inflation over 20 percent per annum). have argued that even though total public debt remains quite high today (early 2008) in many emerging markets. see Figure 1. for high inflation episodes. The forgotten history of domestic debt has important lessons for the present.60 1940-2006 0. bullying domestics into accepting lower repayments or simply 11 . Notes: Both the inflation and default probabilities are simple unweighted averages. not to mention official bodies such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Reinhart and Rogoff (2008b) discuss the interesting example of India. however. The charitable interpretation of this fact is that crisis resolution mechanisms have improved since the bygone days of gun-boat diplomacy.4. who in 1958 rescheduled its foreign debts when it stood at only1/4 percent of revenues. Another noteworthy insight from the “panoramic view” is than that the median duration of default spells in the post–World War II period is one-half the length of what it was during 1800–1945 (3 years versus 6 years. the number of years separating default episodes in the more recent period is much lower. The sums were so minor that the event did not draw great attention in the Western press. Default probabilities probably depend much more on the overall level of debt. as it turns out. The historical record. Newfoundland lost nothing less than her sovereignty when it defaulted on its external debts in 1936 and ultimately became a Canadian province. If so. Egypt.defaulting via inflation. The explanation. became British “protectorates” following their defaults. To summarize. 12 . The fact remains that. as Bordo and Eichengreen (2001) observe. when bail-outs are facilitated by the likes of the International Monetary Fund. among others. as shown in Figure 6). is that India at this time had a significant claim on revenue from the service of domestic debt (in effect the total debt-to revenue ratio was 4. Once debt is restructured. After all. they are deeply mistaken. creditors are willing to cut more slack to their serial-defaulting clients. suggests that a high ratio of domestic to external debt in overall public debt is cold comfort to external debt holders. A more cynical explanation points to the possibility that. many investors appear to be justifying still relatively low external debt credit spreads because “This time is different” and emerging market governments are now relying more on domestic public debt.

Reinhart. Notes: The duration of a default spell is the number of years from the year of default to the year of resolution. and Savastano (2003) for empirical evidence on this pattern). A Global Database on Financial Crises with a Long-term View In this section. be it through restructuring. we provide a slim outline of the character of the sample and the building blocks of this database. Extensive detail is provided in three appendices. and Savastano (2003). Rogoff. or debt forgiveness. Purcell and Kaufman (1993). The Kolmogorov–Smirnoff test for comparing the equality of two distributions rejects the null hypothesis of equal distributions at the 1% significance level. Rogoff. our dataset includes thirteen African 13 .countries are quick to releverage (see Reinhart. Country coverage Table 1 lists the sixty-six countries in our sample. Suter (1992). Figure 6 Duration of Default Episodes: 1800-2006 frequency of occurrence. percent 20 15 10 5 0 1 4 1946-2006 169 episodes Median is 3 years 1800-1945 127 episodes Median is 6 years 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 37 40 43 46 49 52 55 58 61 64 67 70 Years in Default Sources: Lindert and Morton (1989). repayment. Overall. Standard and Poor’s (various years) and authors’ calculations. whereas previous studies of the same era typically included at most a couple of each. we include a large number or Asian and African economies. Importantly. III. Macdonald (2003).

plus North America and Oceana. the latter two countries. several of the sovereign default virgins. nineteen European countries. Singapore. Malaysia. Norway. only Thailand existed as an independent state before the end of World War II. England. One conspicuous grouping of countries includes the high-income Anglophone nations. our sample of sixty-six countries indeed accounts for about 90 percent of world GDP. As the final column in Table 1 illustrates. Australia. Thailand and Korea. Of course. qualify as such only because we are excluding events such as lowering the gold content of 10 Our sample excludes many of the world’s poorest countries. Finland and Denmark. notably the United States. who by and large cannot borrow meaningful amounts from private sector lenders. Sweden. Canada. This is an interesting subject for another study. there is Hong Kong. In Asia. These recently independent countries have not been exposed to the risk of default for nearly as long as. the potential opportunity for default has been relatively short. the United States. and we will have to calibrate our inter-country comparisons accordingly. (The mother country. eighteen Latin American countries. of default-free countries. and New Zealand.10 Table 1 flags which countries in our sample may be considered default virgins. especially.countries. the Latin American countries. have become independent nations only relatively recently (column 2). say. had a substantial market element. at least in the first instance. 14 . many of these countries. but here we are mainly interested in financial flows that. and who have virtually all effectively defaulted even on heavily subsidized government-to-government loans. Lastly. managed to avoid default only through massive International Monetary Fund loan packages during the last 1990s debt crisis and otherwise suffered much of the same trauma as a typical defaulting country. particularly those in Africa and Asia. Also in Europe. For others. Taiwan. defaulted in earlier eras as we shall see. twelve Asian countries. there is Belgium. at least in the narrow sense that they have never failed to meet their debt repayment or rescheduled. Admittedly. Also.) Also included are all of the Scandinavian countries.

at least in the narrow sense that they have not outright failed to meet their debt repayment on schedule in an important way on even one occasion. the coverage for our sample becomes much more comprehensive. Below we provide a list of the variables used in this study. cases. All the data is annual—this includes the crises dates. if not earlier. Finally.the currency in 1933. by and large. The latter is decomposed into short-term and long-term debt in many. starting in 1913. or the suspension of convertibility in the nineteenth-century Civil War. or does averting default beget high growth rates? Table 1 also flags which countries in our sample have not defaulted on their external debts. It is notable that the non-defaulters. are all hugely successful growth stories. but not all. there is one country from Africa. Mauritius. For a large number of countries the time series go back to the 1800s. which has never defaulted or restructured. However. while Appendices I and II provide specifics on coverage and sources on a country-by-country and period-by-period basis for all the time series. Dates and Frequency of Coverage Appendix A describes the data in detail. Crises-related variables Debt Our debt data covers central government public debt—external and domestic. Debt is perhaps the most novel feature of the dataset. 15 . This is an issue we will return to in Section IV. This begs the question: Do high growth rates help avert default.

86 1.27 0.62 0.13 0.36 0.06 0.18 0.00 0.29 8.60 3.35 0.50 1.57 1.40 0.72 0.33 0.79 4.11 0.95 0.53 0.70 0.32 0.00 0.49 0.31 3.25 1.00 0.00 0.09 0.40 0.68 0.10 0.06 0. and World GDP Country (An asterisk denotes no sovereign default or rescheduling history) Africa Algeria Angola Central Africa Republic Cote D’Ivoire Egypt Kenya Mauritius * Morocco Nigeria South Africa Tunisia Zambia Zimbabwe Asia China Hong Kong * India Indonesia Japan Korea * Malaysia * Myanmar Philippines Singapore * Taiwan * Thailand * Europe Austria Belgium * Denmark * Finland * France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Netherlands * Norway * Poland Portugal Romania Russia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom * Year of Independence Share of World Real GDP 1990 International Geary–Khamis US dollars 1913 1990 0.22 1.74 0.65 2.94 0.67 8.48 0.34 0.54 0.80 7.29 0.80 8.27 0.53 0.02 0.24 0.37 0.91 0.05 1.01 0.66 8.75 0.02 0. Regions.05 7.27 0.56 1.31 0.64 0.16 0.Table 1.49 1962 1975 1960 1960 1831 1963 1968 1956 1960 1910 1591/1957 1964 1965 1368 1947 1949 1590 1945 1957 1948 1947 1965 1949 1769 1282 1830 980 1917 943 1618 1829 1918 1569 1581 1905 1918 1139 1878 1457 1476 1523 1453 1066 0. Maddison (2004).67 0.00 0. 16 .34 0.70 4.43 0. Countries.03 0.23 0.00 8.30 4.13 3.40 0.10 0.03 0.00 0.22 Sources: Correlates of War (2007).00 0.10 0.38 0.63 0. Notes: An asterisk denotes no sovereign external default or rescheduling history.23 5.52 0.42 0.25 3.47 1.

59 0.23 0.17 89. Prices The data on prices is the most comprehensive in our set of variables.00 0.93 1901 0.91 1907 0.16 0.21 Total Sample-66 countries 93.24 0.05 0.00 0.04 Sources: Correlates of War (2007). For the New World (the United States and some of the larger Latin American countries).11 0. we use consumer prices (or cost-of-living) indices.95 0.00 0.31 0.02 0.12 1.38 0.00 0.94 21.74 0.05 2.07 0.00 0. 17 .00 0.00 0.06 0. On the basis of this data.15 0.04 0. Regions.00 0.70 0. we construct the inflation series that allow us to date inflation crises.05 0.Table 1 (concluded) Countries.00 0. Where possible.59 1.28 18. and World GDP Year of Independence Share of World Real GDP 1990 International Geary–Khamis US dollars 1990 0. Maddison (2003).03 1.14 0. going back to the early Middle Ages for Europe (including Turkey) and Asia.06 0.41 1.04 0.07 0.00 0.78 0. these data go back to the 1700s.91 0.24 1913 Latin America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela North America Canada * United States * Oceania Australia * New Zealand * 1816 1825 1822 1818 1819 1821 1845 1830 1821 1821 1821 1821 1821 1903 1811 1821 1811 1830 1867 1783 1.

the Course of the Exchange in Amsterdam established actual market-based exchange rates. These data underpin our dating of currency crashes. Like their fiscal counterparts. these data are available for many countries. these data offer longer history than the national accounts that are of a relatively more modern vintage. throughout most of their colonial history.Exchange rates Exchange rates in this database come in two forms: For the pre-1600s period. for which we have a far more comprehensive coverage. where possible. exchange rate data are constructed from the silver content of the currency. including African countries (where data is relatively scarce). On the whole. Particulars of the criteria used to define a banking crisis or an external or domestic default crisis are given in Appendix A. Furthermore. Trade. Government Finances. we use market-based exchange rates. As in Reinhart and Rogoff (2004). these provide some of the most reliable data on country size and economic strength in the era prior to development of conventional national income. marking the beginning of modern exchange rates. GDP data for most countries prior to the twentieth 18 . beginning in the early 1600s. The trade data (exports and imports) are next in reliability to the fiscal data. Varieties of Crises: Banking. Unfortunately. for which we have data through the mid-1800s for 11 countries. Having reasonably accurate output data is thus of enormous help in calibrating the severity of crises. and external and domestic default These time series are dichotomous variables that take on the value of one if it is a crisis year and zero otherwise and are standard in the literature on crisis. and GDP Our dataset incorporates data on central government expenditures and revenues.

Commodity prices have long been thought to be another important global driver of the depression–prosperity cycles in modern times. as reported by the multilateral institutions or the country sources.. we rely on the actual balance-ofpayments data. Britain was the global financial center. The primary use of the revenue. financial hegemony. Where possible. and current account balances. For many emerging markets. real GDP. Our historical dataset combines several different indices of commodity prices. which is especially limiting in trying to assess the impact of crises. it has been the United States. Since World War II. Fortunately.century are quite uneven. as Bulow and Rogoff (1990) and others have argued. we also reconstruct net flows by taking gross new issuance minus repayment. that is to construct the standard debt-to-revenues.S. ratios. 19 .and long-term interest rates. etc. exports. we can use government revenue and trade data to supplement these estimates. To capture developments in financial centers post-1800. Capital Flows Pre–World War II gross capital flows are measured by data on debentures. emerging market financial crises have often been triggered by events at the center. Financial center data and global commodity prices In modern times. During most of the nineteenth century. and GDP series in our analysis is to scale debt. taking into account partial defaults and negotiated interest rate reductions that often take place during rescheduling episodes. but both countries were influential during the long transition period from British to U. For the post-war. as discussed in Appendix A. with the oldest dating back to 1790. we do have reliable estimates for a sufficient number of countries so as to be able to draw broad conclusions and. of course. data are only available sporadically and at long intervals. we include: measures of short.

IV. Serial Default 1350–2006 When one looks carefully, virtually all countries have defaulted at least once and many several times on external debt during their emerging market economy phase, a period that typically takes at least one or two centuries. Early Default, 1500 –1799 Today’s emerging markets can hardly claim credit for inventing serial default. Table 2 lists the number of defaults, including default years, between 1300 and 1799 for a number of now rich European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain). As the table illustrates, today’s emerging market countries did not invent serial default. Rather, a number of today’s now-wealthy countries, had similar problems when they were “emerging markets.”
Table 2. The Early External Defaults: Europe, 1300–1799

Country

Years of default

Number of defaults

Austria England France

Germany (Prussia) Portugal Spain

1796 1340, 1472, 1594* 1558, 1624, 1648 1661, 1701, 1715 1770, 1788 1683 1560 1557, 1575, 1596, 1607, 1627, 1647

1 2* 8 1 1 6

Sources: MacDonald (2006), Reinhart, Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein. The “*” for England denotes our uncertainty at this time about whether its default was on domestic or external debt.

Spain’s defaults establish a record that remains as yet unbroken. Indeed, Spain managed to default seven times in the nineteenth century alone, after having defaulted six times in the preceding three centuries.

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With its later string of nineteenth-century defaults, Spain took the mantle for most defaults from France, which had abrogated its debt obligations on eight occasions between 1500 and 1800. Because the French monarchs had a habit of executing major domestic creditors during external debt default episodes (an early form of “debt restructuring”), the population came to refer to these episodes as “bloodletting.”11 The French Finance Minister Abbe Terray, who served from 1768–1774, even opined that governments should default at least once every 100 years in order to restore equilibrium (Winkler, p. 29).12 Remarkably, however, despite all the trauma the country experienced in the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, France eventually managed to emerge from its status of serial default. France did not default after 1812 in the nineteenth or twentieth century nor (so far, anyway) in the twenty-first century. There is, however, some debate as to whether France and others defaulted on a portion of their World War I debts to the United States. 13 Austria and Portugal defaulted only once in the period up to 1800, but then each defaulted a handful of times during the nineteenth century, as we shall see. England, however, is perhaps an even earlier graduate. Edward III, of Britain, defaulted on debt to Italian lenders in 1340 (see, for example, MacDonald, 2007), after a failed invasion of France that set off the Hundred Years’ War. A century later, Henry VIII, in addition to engaging in an epic debasement of the currency, seized all the Catholic Church’s vast lands. While not strictly a bond default, such seizures, often accompanied by executions, qualify as reneging on financial obligations.

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See Reinhart, Rogoff and Savastano (2003) who thank Harald James for this observation. One wonders if Thomas Jefferson read those words, in that he subsequently held that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” See Lloyd (1934).

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Sovereign Defaults, 1800–2006 Starting in the nineteenth century, the combination of the development of international capital markets together with the emergence of a number of new nation states, led to an explosion in international defaults. Table 3 lists nineteenth-century default and rescheduling episodes in Africa, Europe and Latin America. We include debt reschedulings, which the international finance theory literature rightly categorizes as negotiated partial defaults (Bulow and Rogoff, 1989). We briefly digress to explain this decision, which is fundamental to understanding many international debt crisis episodes. Reschedulings constitute partial default for two reasons. The first reason, of course, is that debt reschedulings often involve reducing interest rates, if not principle. Second, and perhaps more importantly, international debt reschedulings typically saddle investors with illiquid assets that may not pay off for decades. This illiquidity is a huge cost to investors, forcing them to hold a risky asset, often with compensation far below market. It is true that in some cases, investors that held defaulted sovereign debt for a sufficient number of years—sometimes decades—have often yielded a return similar to investing in relatively riskless financial center bonds (U.K. or later U.S.) over the same period. Indeed, a number of papers have been written showing precisely such calculations (e.g., Mauro, Sussman and Yaffa, 2006). While interesting, it is important to underscore the fact that the right benchmark is the return on high-risk illiquid assets, not highly liquid low-risk assets. It is no coincidence that in the wake of the US sub-prime mortgage debt crisis of 2007, sub-prime debt sells at steep discount relative to the expected value of future repayments. Investors rightly believe that if they could pull out their money, they could earn a much higher return elsewhere in the economy provided they are willing to take illiquid positions with substantial risk. And 22

there are notable global default episodes during the late 1860s up to the mid-1870s. and again starting in the mid-1880s through the early 1890s. albeit not quite so prolific as Spain. We will later look at this clustering a bit more systematically. Although none of the subsequent clusterings is quite so pronounced in terms of number of countries. and Costa Rica. Colombia and the Dominican Republic each defaulting four times. Honduras. while many countries in both Latin America (plus their mother country Spain) defaulted during the 1820s. a venture capital investment. Greece. Austria defaulted a remarkable 5 times. Note that a number of countries in Europe defaulted during or just after the Napoleonic wars.. Default was similarly rampant throughout the Latin American region. The only African countries to default during this period were Egypt (1876) and Algeria (1867). Looking down the columns of Table 3 also gives us a first glimpse at the clustering of defaults across regions and internationally. 23 . have succeeded (until now) in earning enormous returns. with Venezuela defaulting six times. which gained its independence only in 1829. made up for lost time by defaulting four times. Most of Africa and Asia was colonized during this period. Table 3 also lists each country’s year of independence.of course they are right. allowing Latin America and Europe a substantial head start. debt reschedulings at negotiated below-market interest rates give the creditor risk with none of the upside of say. By contrast. Most of these defaults are associated with Latin America’s wars of independence. Thus the distinction between debt reschedulings—negotiated partial defaults—and outright defaults (which typically end in partial repayment) is not a sharp one. Investing in risky illiquid assets is precisely how venture capital and private equity. not to mention university endowments.

1899 1898 1894 1892 1876 1876. 1845 Ecuador. 24 . 1894. Sources: Standard and Poor’s. 1831 Tunisia Europe Austria–Hungary France Germany Hesse Prussia Schleswig– Holstein Westphalia Greece. 1821 Paraguay. 1822 Chile. 1821 Honduras. 1843 1814 1828. 1897. 1844 1828 1826 1826. Purcell and Kaufman (1993). 1891 1892. 1825 Dominican Republic.Table 3. 1811. 1829 Netherlands Portugal Russia Spain Sweden Turkey Latin America Argentina. 1873 1874 1872 1868 1826 1828 1828 1828 1827. 1899 1894 1898 1876. Nineteenth Century Country/date of independence 1 1800–1824 Africa Egypt. 1821 Uruguay. Reinhart. Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein. 1848 1873 1866 1874 1860. 1819 Costa Rica. 1820 1812 1851. 1837. 1834 1852 1890 1885 1882 1876 1827 1890 1875 1898 1880 1880 1895 1892. 1818 Colombia. 1872 1826 1826 1828 1850. 1805. 1867. 1830 1 Dates 1825–1849 1850–1874 1875–1899 1876 1867 1802. 1811 Venezuela. 1821 Mexico. 1816 Bolivia. 1841. 1811 Peru. 1825 Brazil. Europe. 1865 The dates are shown for those countries that became independent during the nineteenth century. 1898 1860 1893 1868 1809. 1821 Guatemala. 1813 1850 1812 1826. 1821 Nicaragua. 1830 El Salvador. 1833. and Latin America. 1845 1839 1831. External Default and Rescheduling: Africa. 1816 1812 1814 1807.

Whether these massive interventions were well advised is an entirely different issue that we will set aside here. regions where. Table 5 looks at Latin America and Europe. we see that country defaults tend to come in clusters. Again. Nigeria. with only a few exceptions. In Table 5. has defaulted a stunning five times since achieving independence in 1960. the 1980s debt crisis. more than any other country over the same period. including among the many newly colonized countries. 25 . it did default on external debt in both 1921 and 1939. notable are Turkey’s five defaults. the notion that countries outside Latin American and low-income Europe were the only ones to default during the twentieth century is an exaggeration. Table 4 shows defaults in Africa and Asia. counting its first default in 1903 during an earlier era of independence. In point of fact. Ecuador and Peru’s six defaults. Indonesia has also defaulted four times. India prides itself on escaping the 1990s Asian crisis (thanks to massive capital controls and financial repression).Next we turn to the twentieth century. including especially the period of the Great Depression. The latter crisis saw somewhat fewer technical defaults thanks to massive intervention by the official community. also defaulted four times in the twentieth century. While China did not default during its communist era. and also the 1990s debt crisis. despite its oil riches. and Brazil’s seven. to say the least. when much of the world went into default. it was forced to reschedule its external debt three times since independence. particularly by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. as Table 4 illustrates. as in the earlier tables. countries were independent throughout the entire twentieth century. Morocco. Thus. albeit not since 1972.

1986. we count it as one episode. 1949 Myanmar. 2000 1984 1994. However to gain further perspective into countries default histories. 1947 Indonesia. 1989. Reinhart. 1972 1966 1998. 1948 Philippines. Default and Rescheduling: Africa and Asia. 2000. particularly if debt restructuring terms are Table 4. We have tried in Table 4 to exclude obviously connected episodes. 1960 Cote D’Ivoire. but there is some arbitrariness to this measure. 1975 Central African Republic. 2001. 1965 Asia China Japan India. Purcell and Kaufman (1993). 1963 Morocco. 1960 Egypt Kenya. 1986 1982. 1956 Nigeria. 1964 Zimbabwe. so that when a follow-on default occurs within two years of an earlier one. 1992. 2004 1985.So far we have focused on number of defaults. Sources: Standard and Poor’s. 26 . 2000 1983. 1910 Zambia. 1948 1925–1949 Dates 1950–1974 1975–2006 1991 1985 1981. 1947 Sri Lanka. Twentieth Century–2006 Country/date of independence 1 1900–1824 Africa Algeria. 1983 1983. 2002 2002 1983 1980. 1969. 1993 1983 2000 1903 1965 1921 1939 1942 1958. Default episodes can be connected. Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein. we look next at the number of years each country has spent in default since independence. 1 harsh and make relapse into default almost inevitable. 1982 The dates are shown for those countries that became independent during the twentieth century. 1960 South Africa. 1962 Angola.

Sources: Standard and Poor’s. 2003 1983. It is notable that. 1974 1962 1981 1981. 1983. 1940 1933 1918 1915 1931. 1935 1932 1931 1929 1932. 1987 1986. Default and Rescheduling: Europe. Reinhart. 1989 1983 1983 1900 1901 1981. 1940 1951. 1915 1920 1969 1915 The dates are shown for those countries that became independent during the twentieth century. 1972. 1964 1961. 1956 1902. 1966. We begin by tabulating the results for Asia and Africa in Table 6. 1990. Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein. 2005 1982. 27 . Twentieth Century–2006 Country/date of independence 1 1900–1824 Europe Austria Germany Greece Hungary. 1903 Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela 1 Dates 1925–1949 1950–1974 1975–2006 1938. while there are many defaults in Asia. Purcell and Kaufman (1993). 1980. 1989. and Latin America. 1986. 1940 1932. 1998 1978. 1986 1991. if more recent) spent in a state of default or rescheduling. the total number of reschedulings (using our measure) and the share of years since 1800 (or since independence. 2001 1980. 1982 1982. 1984 1982. the year of independence. 1978. 1987.Table 5. 1918 Romania Russia Turkey Latin America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama. 2004 1906. 1937 1931 1932. 1984 1983. 1914 1931 1931. 1989 1981 1982 1979 1983. 1941 1936. 1909. 2003 1976. Table 6 gives. 1995. 1999 1986. 1963. 1938 1933 1928 1932 1932 1932 1931 1933 1961. 1939 1932 1932. 1914 1921 1914 1911. for each country. 1990. 1918 Poland.

6 0.Table 6.8 0.4 13. Purcell and Kaufman (1993).2 5.0 8.4 0.3 27.3 59. Africa’s record is much worse.9 3. Certainly. Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein.0 0.3 5.5 16. that is most of the region).2 48.3 0.0 0. India.0 11. say.9 40. one main reason why African defaults are less celebrated than. China and the Philippines spent more than 10 percent of their independent lives in default (though of course on a population-weighted basis.5 5.0 15.5 13. 28 . Latin American defaults. the typical default was resolved relatively quickly.0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 4 5 3 1 1 2 2 0 3 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 For countries that became independent prior to 1800 the calculations are for 1800–2006.0 0. Reinhart. and the systemic consequences less.0 6. The Cumulative Tally of Default and Rescheduling: Africa and Asia. Only Indonesia. Standard and Poor’s.7 15.4 53. Sources: Authors’ calculations. is because the debts of African countries have typically been relatively small. Year of Independence–2006 Country Year of Independence Share of years in default or rescheduling since 1 independence or 1800 Total number of defaults and/or reschedulings Africa Algeria Angola Central African Republic Cote D’Ivoire Egypt Kenya Mauritius Morocco Nigeria South Africa Tunisia Zambia Zimbabwe Asia China Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Korea Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand 1 1962 1975 1960 1960 1831 1963 1968 1956 1960 1910 1591/1957 1964 1965 1368 1947 1949 1590 1945 1957 1948 1947 1965 1948 1949 1769 13.7 21. with several countries spending roughly half their time in default.

A number of Latin American countries spent roughly 40 percent of their years in default. We have already done this in Figure 1 in section II. while recurrent. and Cost Rica. today. though.Table 7 gives the same set of statistics for Europe and Latin America. but only after a long lull. Overall. with Greece. as noted. are far from continuous. The same is true across countries. This wide spacing no doubt reflects adjustments debtors and creditors make in the wake of each default cycle. which has tended to emerge form default relatively quickly. Nicaragua. Over time. 29 . Venezuela. Greece. For example. Dominican Republic. including Mexico. this caution usually gives way to optimism and profligacy. one can see that default episodes. although there is a great deal of variance. spent more than half the years since 1800 in default. Peru. which has lived in a perpetual state of default). One way of summarizing the data in Tables 6 and 7 is by looking at a time line giving the number of countries in default or restructuring at any given time. in which spikes represent a surge in new borrowers. many emerging markets are following quite conservative macroeconomic policies. illustrate the clustering of defaults in an even more pronounced fashion than our debt tables that mark first defaults. These figures. depending especially on how long countries tend to stay in default (compare serial-debtor Austria.

0 0.3 39. Latin America.3 0. Reinhart.0 0.5 36.Table 7.0 0.4 0.6 37.2 29. North America.0 0.6 10.3 12.0 32. Purcell and Kaufman (1993).0 32.9 23.6 23.0 0.0 44.2 26.2 38.0 Total number of defaults and/or reschedulings Europe Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Latin America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela North America Canada United States Oceania Australia New Zealand 1 1282 1830 980 1917 943 1618 1829 1918 1569 1581 1905 1918 1139 1878 1457 1476 1523 1453 1066 1816 1825 1822 1818 1819 1821 1845 1830 1821 1821 1821 1821 1821 1903 1811 1821 1811 1830 1867 1783 1901 1903 7 0 0 0 8 8 5 7 1 1 0 3 6 3 5 13 0 6 0 7 5 9 9 7 9 7 9 5 7 3 8 6 3 6 8 8 10 0 0 0 0 For countries that became independent prior to 1800 the calculations are for 1800–2006.3 34.6 45.5 0. Sources: Authors’ calculations. Rogoff and Savastano (2003) and sources cited therein.4 64. Standard and Poor’s.7 0.4 27.0 13.5 22.0 0.1 3.0 25.0 15. 30 .4 0.4 6. and Oceania.0 58. Year of Independence–2006 Country Year of Independence Share of years in default or rescheduling since 1 independence or 1800 17.2 27.1 23.0 40.8 38. The Cumulative Tally of Default and Rescheduling: Europe.0 50.

V. Global Cycles and External Defaults As Kaminsky, Reinhart and Vegh (2004) have demonstrated for the post-war period, and Aguirre and Gopinath (2007) have recently modeled, emerging market borrowing tends to be extremely pro-cyclical. Favorable trends in countries’ terms of trade (meaning typically, high prices for primary commodities) typically lead to a ramp-up of borrowing that collapses into defaults when prices drop. The upper panel of Figure 7 is an illustration of the commodity price cycle, which we split into two periods, the pre– and post–World War II periods. As the figure broadly suggests for the period 1800 through 1940, (and as econometric testing corroborates), spikes in commodity prices are almost invariably followed by waves of new sovereign defaults. The lower panel of Figure 7 calibrates the same phenomenon for the 1990s and 2000s. We note that while the association does show through in the pre–World War II period, it is less compelling subsequently. As observed earlier, defaults are also quite sensitive to the global capital flow cycle. When flows drop precipitously, more countries slip into default. Figure 8 documents this association by plotting the current account balance of the financial center (the United Kingdom and the United States) against the number of new defaults prior to the breakdown of Bretton Woods. There is a marked visual correlation between peaks in the capital flow cycle and new defaults on sovereign debt. The financial center current accounts capture “global savings glut” pressures, as they give a net measure of excess center-country savings, rather than the gross measure given by the capital flow series in our dataset.

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We recognize that the correlations captured by these figures are merely illustrative, and different default episodes involve many different factors. But aside from illustrating the kind of insights one can get from such a long and broad dataset, the figures do bring into sharp relief the vulnerabilities of emerging markets to global business cycles. The problem is that crisis-prone countries, particularly serial defaulters, tend to over-borrow in good times, leaving them vulnerable during the inevitable downturns. The pervasive view that “this time is different” is precisely why it usually isn’t different, and catastrophe eventually strikes again. The capital flow cycle illustrated in Figure 8 comes out even more strikingly in many individual country graphs, but we do not have space here to include these. An early

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S. The figure illustrates how defaults often follow in the wake of large spikes in capital inflows. This summary of events. causing global trade and capital flows to plummet. is silent as to the magnitude of the international transmission channel. is illustrated in Figure 9. and 1647 20 15 10 5 0 1600 1606 1612 1618 1624 1630 1636 1642 1648 1654 1660 1666 1672 1678 Sources: Gelabert (1999a and b). did the 1980s spike. Figure 9 Spain: Defaults and Loans to the Crown. European State Finance Database. too. 1627. 16011679 (3-year moving sum) 35 30 25 Millions ducats De fau lts of 1607. began in the United States. showing how the 1825 crisis began with a financial crisis in London that spread to Europe. though.example. So. The 1930s spike was caused by the worldwide depression that. which was caused by U. Crises Emanating from the Center We have already seen that major global spikes in defaults began in the 1820s. of course. What of earlier eras? Tables 8 and 9 give a thumbnail summary of events. based on seventeenth-century Spain. the 1930s and the 1980s. by most accounts. but the tables are nevertheless illustrative of some of the common shocks that might have sparked the commodity and capital flow cycles seen in the figures in the preceding 34 . the 1870s. disinflation.

By 1828. Initial defaults in small Central American nations in January 1873 leads to a fall in bond prices. France. Crises at the Financial Center and Their International Repercussions: 1800’s Origin of the shock: country and date London. Egypt. sections. Ecuador. By 1876. Ensuing world recession (1873–1879) leads to debt servicing problems in the periphery through reduced exports and tax revenues. leading to a domestic bank run. The House of Baring. May 1873 French war indemnity paid to Prussia in 1871 leads to speculation in Germany and Austria. Crisis mostly confined to Argentina and Uruguay (which defaulted in 1891). London bond holders immediately become concerned about other Latin American countries’ ability to service their debts. the world recession (1873– 1879) results in a dramatic fall in trade and capital flows originating in the core. and Russia (Kindleberger. Strong economic links between Britain and Argentina through trade and financial integration. Trade and capital flows with Latin America plummet. bond prices collapse. of course. and Venezuela) default later in the year. a major lender to Argentina. fall in the wake of German crisis (Kindleberger 1989). Contagion mechanisms Upon Peru’s 1826 default. German and Austrian stock markets collapse.S. had defaulted. It is also notable that crises in the center do not always lead to full-blown global financial crises. Crisis spreads quickly to Italy. declares itself insolvent in November 1890. 1825–1826 Nature of common external shock Major commercial and financial crises in London during 1825–26. all of Latin America. 1890 Argentina stops dividend payments in April 1890. the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929.Table 8. and Belgium. Countries affected Chile and Gran Colombia (which comprised today’s Colombia. Baring Crisis. Other examples where crises in the center lead to global financial crises include the German and Austrian stock market collapse of 1873 (which has been studied by Eichengreen in several contributions) and. which spread to continental Europe. the Ottoman Empire. Greece. as illustrated by the Barings crisis of 1890 (where the repercussions were 35 . Capital flows to the U. with the exception of Brazil. leaps the Atlantic in September and crosses back again to involve England. Holland. 2000). As far as the periphery is concerned. and 8 Latin American countries had defaulted.

The bars give the average experience of both types of debt. Figure 10 makes this point more systematically by examining the behavior of domestic and external sovereign debt in the run-up to default. but not yet looked at domestic debt buildups. domestic debt accounted for 52 percent of Brazil’s debt and 63 percent of Peru’s debt. domestic government debt in Mexico and Colombia accounted for more than 50 percent of total debt. we have focused on external debt crises. But this is not new. and away from external debt.mainly felt by Argentina and Uruguay). domestic debt amounted to 64 percent of total public debt. when domestic debt accounted for 54 percent of total debt. somehow provides strong protection to creditors. Some have argued that external defaults are less likely in the present period because governments are now relying more on domestic debt. at about the same rates. The 1920s. 36 . France and Italy. normalized by their levels four years prior to the credit event. as well as by the US stock market crash and bank runs of 1907. During the same year. which transmitted mainly to Germany. of course. in 2001 to 2005. The earliest year where our dataset has domestic debt statistics for Colombia is 1923. just before default. was a period prior to the massive wave of external defaults in the 1930s. Domestic Debt So far. as opposed to less than 20 percent in the early 1980s. in the midst of one of Mexico’s longer default spells. a fact that ought to be looked at more closely by those who believe that the recent shift by emerging markets towards domestic debt. In 1837. As can be seen. For example. both components rise rapidly.

precisely because countries have difficulty borrowing abroad. Figure 11 illustrates the case of China. 37 .But domestic debt buildups often happen in the aftermath of external default. which had a massive run-up in domestic debt following its default of 1921.

According to Huang. Average Default Episode: 1800-2006 150 Domestic 140 130 . Notes: T refers to the year of the external debt crisis. 38 .Figure 10 The Runup in Domestic and External Debt on the Eve of Default. 1895-1946 14000 12000 Millions Chinese $ (yuan) 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 1895 1899 1903 1907 1911 1915 1919 1923 1927 1931 1935 1939 1943 The default of 1939-1949 The default of 1921-1936 Sources: Cheng (2003). Figure 11 China: Domestic Public Debt Outstanding. China did not have domestic debt prior to its 1895 domestic issue. Huang (1919). UN and authors’ calculations. 120 Index External 110 t-4=100 100 90 t-4 t-3 t-2 t-1 T Sources: See Appendix I and Reinhart and Rogoff (2008a). Notes: For 1895–1915 the debt stock is calculated from domestic debentures data.

students of the history of metal currency 39 . then the tendency to lapse into periods of high and extremely high inflation is an even more striking common denominator. In this section. in a funding crisis. No emerging market country in history. we give an overview of results from our annual cross-country database on inflation going back to 13th-century Europe. But we have also established that domestic debt has long been fully as significant as external debt in meeting emerging market financing needs. the problems of external default. to our knowledge. Money creation and interest costs on debt all enter the government’s budget constraint and. spans considerably more episodes of high inflation and across a broader range of countries than any existing. domestic default and inflation are all integrally related. VI. a sovereign will typically grab from any and all sources. Although some writers seem to believe that inflation only really became a problem with the advent of paper currency in the 1800s. We are only able here to give a helicopter tour (so to speak) of our entire cross-country inflation dataset which.We have already acknowledged that domestic debt is not equivalent to foreign debt. defaults on domestic debt appear to be associated with similar magnitudes of output loss as defaults on external debt. nor should it be treated as such. And as we show in Reinhart and Rogoff (2008a). Default through inflation If serial default is the norm for a country passing through the emerging market state of development. A government that chooses to default on its debts can hardly be relied on to preserve the value of its country’s currency. There is nothing “original” about it. Of course. including the United States (whose inflation rate exceeded 20 percent during the country’s 1860s civil war) has managed to escape bouts of high inflation.

either by mixing in cheaper metals. and Russia’s 57 percent in 1810. where outliers include Austria’s 55 percent debasement in 1812. managed to reduce the silver content of its coins by 50 percent. which plots the silver content of an equally weighted average of the European currencies in our early sample (plus Russia and Turkey). in 1829. Modern currency presses are just a more technologically advanced and more efficient approach to achieving the same end. Sweden achieved a debasement of 41 percent in a single year (1572). Tables 9 and 10 give data on currency debasement across a broad range of European countries during the pre–paper currency era. or by shaving down coins and reissuing smaller coins in the same denomination. both in the aftermath of the Napoleonic War. Table 10 looks at the same statistics for European countries during the nineteenth century. The pattern of sustained debasement emerges strikingly in Figure 12. Turkey’s debasement was 44 percent in 1586. 40 . The table illustrates how strikingly successful monarchs were at implementing inflationary monetary policy. 1228–1799. The main device was through debasing the content of the coinage. The second column of the table looks at cumulative currency debasement over long periods. Turkey. “The March Toward Fiat Money” shows that modern inflation is not as different as some might believe.will know that governments found ways to engineer inflation long before that. often adding up to 50 percent or more. while the UK achieved a 50 percent debasement in 1551.

41 .Figure 12. we have the New Castille maravedi and the Valencia dinar) we calculate the simple average.4. Notes: In the cases where there is more than one currency circulating in a particular country (in Spain. for example. The March Toward Fiat Money: Europe 1400-1850 Average Silver Content (in grams) of 10 Currencies Napoleonic Wars. 17991815 in 1812 Austria debases currency by 55% 10 9 8 7 6 Grams 5 4 3 2 1 0 1400 1450 1500 1550 1600 1650 1700 1750 1800 1850 Sources: Primarily Allen and Unger and other sources listed in Table AI.

7 –83.5 –26.0 0.4.1 0.e.0 0.8 –56.4 1.0 –26.8 1.2 –21.3 –62.0 2.0 13.8 2.7 –14.2 –70.4 5.0 –3.4 1.6 –42.9 1586 10.0 2.7 12.0 1551 pence Sources: Primarily Allen and Unger and other sources listed in Table AI. a reduction in the silver content) All 15 percent or greater 0.8 –20.4 –12.0 –7.0 5.8 –36.0 –41.4 –32.8 11.0 6.0 3.3 6.Table 9.1 0.3 0.7 3.7 –34.7 19.7 –20.3 0.5 –16.0 0.3 United 1260–1499 –46.4 –91.7 2.0 0.8 3.2 1.7 13.0 34.0 Portugal reis Russia ruble Spain New Castille maravedis Valencia dinar Sweden mar ortug Turkey Akche 1527–1799 –59.0 –10.3 –43.3 –2.0 –10. Expropriation through Currency Debasement: Europe.1 –12.0 0.9 –17.3 0.0 0.9 –14.4 1463 1694 1498 1561 1303 1718 1424 1685 1404 1500 1320 1550 1488 1526 1496 1560 1766 1798 1642 1408 1501 1572 25.4 –21.3 14.2 0.0 1. 42 .0 1464 Kingdom 1500–1799 –35.8 –72.1 –78.5 0.5 –50.6 –44.0 0.9 -25.3 3.3 –74. 1258–1799 Country and currency Period covered Cumulative decline in silver content of currency ( percent) Largest debasement (percent) and year Share of years in which there was a debasement of the currency (i.0 5.4 –35.0 –48.0 –11.5 –34.3 4.7 -15.3 4.7 –59.5 –7.7 –15.2 14.8 2.4 –12.7 7.7 44.0 Austria Vienna kreuzer Belgium hoet France livre tournois Germany Bavaria– Augsburg pfenning Frankfurt pfenning Italy lira fiorentina Netherlands Flemish grote Guilder 1371–1499 1500–1799 1349–1499 1500–1799 1258–1499 1500–1789 1417–1499 1500–1799 1350–1499 1500–1798 1280–1499 1500–1799 1366–1499 1500–1575 1450–1499 1500–1799 1750–1799 1761–1799 1501–1799 1351–1499 1500–1650 1523–1573 –69.3 –25.0 0.2 20.0 –56.3 –42.

2 0.3 –55.0 –18.7 Germany Italy Portugal Russia Turkey United Kingdom 1800–1830 1800–1859 1800–1855 1800–1899 1800–1899 1800–1899 –2. Figure 12 illustrates the median inflation rate for all the countries in our sample.0 7. Inflation However spectacular some of the coinage debasements reported in Tables 9 and 10.0 0. Expropriation through Currency Debasement: Europe.1 –6. 43 . the Nineteenth Century Cumulative decline in silver content of currency (percent) Share of years in which there was a debasement of the currency (i.3 –51. Starting in the twentieth century.0 0.0 1. The figure shows a clear inflationary bias throughout history (although of course there are always periods of deflation due to business cycles.1 1816 3.2 0.0 –12.Table 10. a reduction in the silver content) All 15 percent or greater 11. there is no question that the advent of the printing press brought inflation up to a whole new level. inflation spikes radically.1 50.8 –56.0 7. poor crops.2 –6.5 Country Period covered Largest debasement (percent) and year Austria 1800–1860 –58. from 1500 to 2006 (taking a five-year moving average to smooth out cycle and measurement error).0 1800 1810 1829 1816 57. however.0 1. etc.0 1812 37.2 0.8 7.4 –41.).0 0.0 Sources: Primarily Allen and Unger and other sources listed in Table AI.e.4.6 –83.1 –2.

as inflation peaked at nearly 200 percent five percent in 1779. We look at country inflation data across the centuries in the next three tables. where our dataset begins in 1743. where the data go back to 1704. The New World colonies of Latin America experienced frequent bouts of very high inflation long before the wars of independence from Spain. Korea experienced inflation of over 20 percent almost half the time until 1800. Table 11 gives data for the sixteenth through nineteenth century over a broad range of currencies. What is stunning is that every country in both Asia and Europe experienced a significant number of years with inflation over 20 percent during this era. Take Korea. Even the United States experienced an episode of very high inflation. These are listed in Table AI.Figure 13 14 12 10 8 Percent Median Inflation Rate All Countries 5-Year Moving Average: 1500-2006 6 4 2 0 -2 1500 -4 1550 1600 1650 1700 1750 1800 1850 1900 1950 2000 Sources: There are innumerable sources given the length of the period covered and the large number of countries included. 44 . and most experienced a significant number of years with inflation over 40 percent. has extremely similar ratios. for example. Poland. and inflation over 40 percent almost one-third of the time.

albeit South Africa’s record extends back 45 .0 6. South Africa.1 22.4 39.1 185.4 7.8 19.8 0.1 77.5 1780 1792 1763 1770 1765 1779 Hyperinflation is defined here as an annual inflation rate of 500 percent or higher (this is not the traditional Cagan definition).3 0.4 121. Table 12 looks at the same years 1800–2006 as Table 11.8 12.3 34.0 31.7 98.6 173.4 10.1 4.0 3.0 7.8 53.0 43.5 65.3 140.1 83.9 99.2 7.0 11.1 18.1 40 44. Europe.4 2. Hong Kong and Malaysia have notably the best track records at resisting high inflation.7 4.7 4.8 33.9 143.0 4.0 0.7 15.6 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 116.0 36.0 0.6 192.0 0.4 19.2 14.2 5.1 11. “Default” through Inflation: Asia.5 19.0 43.8 6.2 92.1 40. but for thirteen African countries and twelve Asian countries.2 25.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30.9 2.5 1651 1602 1787 1623 1708 1772 1622 1622 1527 1709 1709 1762 1757 1521 1572 1621 1587 1777-1799 1764-1799 1751-1799 1742-1799 1751-1799 1721-1799 4.4 25.8 31.2 1.9 8.0 6.0 10.0 4. and the “New World” 1500–1799 Period covered Share of years in which inflation exceeded 20 percent 40 percent Number of hyperinflations1 Maximum annual inflation Year of peak inflation Country Asia China Japan Korea Europe Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom The “New World” Argentina Brazil Chile Mexico Peru United States 1 1639-1799 1601-1650 1743-1799 1501-1799 1501-1799 1749-1799 1501-1799 1501-1799 1501-1799 1501-1799 1666-1799 1704-1799 1729-1799 1501-1799 1540-1799 1586-1799 1501-1799 14.Table 11.6 80.0 4.4 10.0 29.

3 18.3 1.2 0.0 1.7 23.2 72.to 1896.6 78.6 14.5 9.7 53.5 8.0 58.5 9.7 22.9 29. whereas Malaysia’s and Hong Kong’s only go back to 1949 and 1948 respectively.6 12.7 14.5 1994 1941 1993 1980 1947 1995 1919 1943 1993 2006 1947 1949 1943 1966 1945 1951 1950 2002 1943 1973 1973 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 The dates in table 13 extend back prior to independence for many countries.0 210.6 0.2 4.8 46.6 0.5 29.8 568.0 0.2 11.3 0.14 Table 12.0 14.0 6. including for example Malaysia.0 7.3 1.0 4.5 72.579.7 1947 1996 1971 1952 1860 1949 1947 1940 1940 1896 1940 1943 1920 1800 1948 1801 1819 1819 1800 1949 1872 1938 1949 1898 1821 7.3 4.3 10 14.9 35.0 15.0 11.4 22.1 141.8 24.0 12.3 19.7 23.0 0 4 0 69.9 11.6 3.0 57.6 4.4 14.9 22.216.416.3 1.4 0.1 183. 46 .2 35.0 33.0 27.3 21.0 44. “Default” through Inflation: Asia and Africa 1800–2006 Beginning of period covered Share of years in which inflation exceeded 20 percent 40 percent Number of hyperinflation years1 Maximum annual inflation Year of peak inflation Country Africa Algeria Angola Central African Republic Cote D’Ivoire Egypt Kenya Mauritius Morocco Nigeria South Africa Tunisia Zambia Zimbabwe Asia China Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Korea Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore Taiwan Thailand 1879 1915 1957 24.0 0.7 7.7 7.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26.0 0.6 0.7 3.0 1.0 40.0 6.1 53.3 7.8 939.

Fischer. (See for example.Most of the countries in Asia and Africa however. China experienced over 1500 percent inflation in 194715. Africa. The European experiences include the great post-war hyperinflations studied by Cagan (1956). we would have picked up Zimbabwe’s 66. 2002). has a still worse record. Indonesia over 900 percent in 1966. as the table illustrates.000 percent inflation for 2007. Norway had 152 percent inflation in 1812. which has experienced three hyperinflations since 1970 (Reinhart and Rogoff. with many episodes of peacetime hyperinflations in the 1980s and 1990s. Russia and Turkey experienced high inflation an extraordinarily large percent of the time. have experienced waves of high and very high inflation. Table 13 lists inflation for 1800 through 2006 for Europe. and Zimbabwe of over 1. 15 China. Latin America’s post–World War II inflation history is famously spectacular.000 percent in 2006. we see that countries such as Poland. Even the Asian tigers Singapore and Taiwan experienced inflation well over 20 percent in the early 1970s. 2003) These episodes are in our database as well. famously experienced paper-currencycreated high inflation episodes in the twelfth and thirteen centuries. Denmark 48 percent inflation in 1800. perhaps not surprisingly. Angola had inflation of over 4. putting that country on track to surpass the Republic of the Congo (not included in our sample). Had we extended the table through 2007. which invented the printing press well ahead of Europe. North America and Oceana. and Sweden 36 percent inflation in 1918.000 percent in 1996. 47 . Latin America. Finally. But even setting aside the hyperinflations. The notion that Asian countries have been immune from Latin American–style high inflation is just as naïve as the notion that Asian countries were immune from default crises up until the late 1990s Asian financial crisis. Sahay and Vegh.

5 16.0 51.1 1.3 5.4 17.8 15.4 84.7 3.9 41.7 13.7 0.5 30. 1800–2006 Maximum Beginning Share of years in which Number of annual of period inflation exceeded hyperinflation inflation covered years1 20 percent 40 percent 1800 1800 1800 1861 1800 1800 1834 1924 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1854 1800 1800 1800 1800 20. North America and Oceania.8 8.0 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 0.2 3.0 74.6 42.0 1.22E+10 3.947.749.8 23.7 17.0 5.6 90.9 17.9 34.0 1.5 2.3 26.7 1.5 96.4 12.7 1.8 0.5 20.3 0.1 2.1 6.7 8.6 5.7 19.4 1.3 139.6 48.4 0.1 35.7 0.4 9.8 0.1 5.5 10.8 12.5 10.109.1 7.9 1.3 242.9 4.0 0.6 28.5 11.63+26 491.4 0.7 469.4 21.079.02E+10 9.5 26. Latin America.0 17.2 1989 1985 1990 1973 1882 1982 2004 2000 1986 1990 1991 1987 1987 1974 1952 1990 1990 1996 1917 1864 1854 1980 48 .0 4.0 2.4 4.4 14.0 4.733.1 3.0 11.0 15.4 0.8 9.8 24.0 19.6 38.9 53.2 13.4 0.0 34.0 131.6 2.4 Year of peak inflation Europe Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom Latin America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela North America Canada United States Oceania Australia New Zealand 1922 1812 1800 1918 1946 1923 1944 1946 1944 1918 1812 1923 1808 1923 1808 1918 1942 1800 1800 1937 1800 1800 1864 1937 1943 1939 1938 1938 1937 1800 1938 1949 1949 1800 1871 1832 1868 1800 1819 1858 24.9 20.9 23.8 10.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 0 1.534.9 17.3 28.0 152.481.1 0.4 1.7 11.5 99.0 9.699.5 5.8 13.3 15. “Default” through Inflation: Europe.1 31.0 32.1 51.0 35.7 8.2 36.8 1.8 115.0 57.0 1.5 2.7 35.0 50.9 5.8 0.7 102.7 112.Country Table13.

although many countries (including Argentina. the last few years have been a relatively quiescent period in terms of very high inflation. as regards exchange rate behavior. probably the most surprising evidence comes from the Napoleonic Wars. The database on exchange rates is almost as rich as that on prices.hand in the overwhelming majority of episodes across time and countries (with a markedly tighter link in chronic. especially if one takes into account silver-based exchange rates. as with debt defaults. experience suggests that quiet periods do not extend indefinitely. including at this late stage a long expose on exchange rate crashes seems somewhat redundant. Instead.16 Many observers. with the former depicting the incidence of high inflation and the latter showing median inflation.” Perhaps. only New Zealand and Panama have no periods of inflation over 20 percent. Exchange rate crashes Having discussed currency debasement and inflation crises. 49 . In this lengthy sample inflation crises and exchange rate crises travel hand.inflation countries). and is described in detail in the Appendices. have concluded that “this time is different. As with debt defaults. Venezuela and of course Zimbabwe) still have very high inflation. although New Zealand’s inflation rate reached 17 percent as recently as 1980.in. but. The significantly higher 16 At the time of this writing the “official” inflation rate in Argentina is 8 percent—informed estimates place it at 26 percent. and Panama had 16 percent inflation in 1974. during which exchange rate instability escalated to a level that had not been seen before and was not to be seen again for nearly one hundred years.In all of Table 13. This is starkly illustrated in Figures 14 and 15. following the same logic as in commenting on external default.

incidence of crashes and larger median changes in the more modern period are hardly a surprise. Percent 50 . and Reinhart and Rogoff (2003). Figure 14 Cu rre ncy Crashe s: Share of Cou ntrie s with an Annu al De pre ciation Gre ate r than 15 Pe rce nt: 1800-2006 50 40 Percent 30 20 10 0 N ap ol e oni c War s 1800 1815 1830 1845 1860 1875 1890 1905 1920 1935 1950 1965 1980 1995 Figure 15 Me dian Annu al De pre ciation All Cou ntrie s 5-Ye ar Moving Ave rage : 1800-2006 8 7 6 5 Napoleonic Wars 4 3 2 1 0 -11800 1815 1830 1845 1860 1875 1890 1905 1920 1935 1950 1965 1980 1995 -2 Sources: The primary sources are Global Financial Data. but there are numerous others that are listed in Appendix I.

VII. additions. domestic default. will contain some errors and omissions. that the 1997–1998 crisis was not the first and that the region had several protracted bouts of economic instability by international standards of the day. Thus. We selected Asia to highlight a point we have made earlier on more than one occasion. currency crashes. Varieties of Crises We deal with five “varieties” of economic crises: external default. and inflation outbursts. banking crises. Our study is based on a comprehensive new statistical dataset compiled by the authors that covers every region of the world and spans several centuries. Namely. and thus construct a composite index of financial instability that is multidimensional.17 All these variables take on the value of one when there is a crisis and zero otherwise. while in the worst-case scenario (Argentina 2002. Conclusions This paper offers a detailed quantitative overview of the history of financial crises dating from the mid-fourteenth century default of Edward III of England to the present subprime crisis in the United States. despite our best efforts. VIII. We next take simple averages across all countries. Inevitably. 17 The total would come to 6 if we include currency debasement—but for this there is far less data across countries. as discussed. a database of this scale and scope. These are the time series shown for the full sample in Figure 16 for the whole sample and for Asia. or across countries in a particular region. 51 . for instance) it would sum to five. Hence. We have comparable figures for all the other regions. We welcome suggestions for corrections. involving so many primary and secondary historical sources (that do not always agree). in a tranquil year the tally across crises for that particular country would total zero. each country has an entry each year in the 0 to 5 range.

8 0. and all these variables take on the value of one when there is a crisis and zero otherwise. Figure 16 Variety of Crises. We are fully aware that. Hence.6 1. each country has an entry each year in the 0–5 range. we are inevitably obscuring important nuances surrounding historically diverse episodes. domestic default.4 0.and improvements of this database. for instance) it would sum to five. with appropriate attribution and cross-referencing. trying to bring out a few fundamental regularities. and inflation outbursts).8 1. 5-year Average Bad 1. Notes: We deal with five “varieties” of economic crises (external default. Our principle aim here has been to illustrate some core features of this sweeping database. currency crashes.4 N umber (fr om 0 to 5) Asia 1. which we will attempt to incorporate into the online version. We next take simple averages across all countries or across countries in a particular region and these are the time series shown above.2 1 0. Thus.2 All Countr ie s Good 0 1800 1813 1826 1839 1852 1865 1878 1891 1904 1917 1930 1943 1956 1969 1982 1995 Sources: The authors’ calculations on the basis of the data reported in Appendices I and II and the crises definitions described earlier. Asia: 1800-2006 Average Number of Crises per Country. With these caveats in mind. in such a broad synthesis. in a tranquil year the tally across crises for that particular country would total zero. while in the worst-case scenario (Argentina 2002. we illustrate the near universality of 52 .6 0. First and foremost. this “panoramic” quantitative overview has revealed a number of important facts. banking crises.

53 . Indeed. it is argued. extending to Asia. Europe. This brings us to our central theme—the “this time is different syndrome. the height of humans has changed. an often-cited reason these days why “this time it’s different” for the emerging markets is that governments there are relying more on domestic debt financing. capital flows. Thanks to better-informed macroeconomic policies and more discriminating lending practices. would Britain really have honored its debts. Such celebration may be premature. is hardly new. and until not so long ago. For example. Technology has changed. As Kindelberger wisely titled the first chapter of his classic book “Financial Crisis: A Hardy Perennial. We also show that the popular notion that today’s emerging markets are breaking new ground in their extensive reliance on domestic debt markets. and fashions have changed. seems to have remained a constant. had Napoleon not invaded Russia and France prevailed in the Napoleonic War.” There is a view today that both countries and creditors have learned from their mistakes. interest rates. Although the case of seventeenth-century England has been much studied. our paper at least raises the question of how a country might “graduate” from a history of serial default. We show that global debt crises have often radiated from the center through commodity prices. Capital flow/default cycles have been around since at least 1800—if not before. Africa.” On a more positive note. it appears to be exceptional. and shocks to investor confidence.episodes of serial default and high inflation in emerging markets. Yet the ability of governments and investors to delude themselves. It is not clear how well the institutional innovations noted by North and Weingast (1996) would have fared had Britain been a bit less fortunate in the many wars it fought in subsequent years. the world is not likely to again see a major wave of defaults. giving rise to periodic bouts of euphoria that usually end in tears.

too. Consumer price indices. True graduation. Austria. through deeper economic integration. In Latin America. 1260–1913. concluding that countries like Hungary and Greece will never default again because “this time is different due to the European Union” may prove a very short-lived truism. nominal / real wages and welfare ratios of building craftsmen and labourers. a process that began even before European integration began to accelerate in the 1980s and 1990s. managed to emerge from an extraordinarily checkered bankruptcy history by closer integration with post-war Germany. to benefit from countercyclical fiscal policy) without quickly slipping back into problems. BIBLIOGRAPHY Allen. if history tells us anything. These surpluses allowed the country to pay down its external debt to an extremely low level.Interesting recent cases include Greece and Spain. 54 . but by benefiting from the anchor of the European Union. Of course. despite profound failure to engage in deep institutional reform. as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement. of course. In particular. the country stands on the verge of graduation thanks to a combination of better monetary and fiscal policy. countries that appear to have escaped a severe history of serial default not only by reforming institutions. Robert C. it is that we cannot jump to “this time is different” conclusions. would mean that Chile could start raising its debt levels if needed (say.. Chile has seemingly emerged from serial default despite extraordinary debt pressures through the simple expedient of running large and sustained current account surpluses. the United States can offer the same pull to Latin countries as the European Union has done in its early days. It is an interesting question whether. Mexico is an interesting case where.

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. The remainder of this appendix is organized as follows: The first section describes the compilation of the family of time series that are brought together from different major and usually well-known sources. (Philadelphia: Roland Sway Co. Yousef. Since the theme of this work is that the devil lurks in the details. Those are devoted to the macroeconomic time series used and the public debt data (which is the centerpiece of our analysis). strengths. real GDP. Foreign Bonds: An Autopsy. 2002. For earlier history. The compilation of 67 . 1886–1945. Max. Next. Those include domestic and external debt defaults.” Review of Income and Wealth 48. 1933). we describe the data that is more heterogeneous in both its sources and methodologies. These are series on government finances. and exports. Tarik M. we relied on individual scholars or groups of scholars—more details to follow. modern exchange rates (and earlier metal-based ones). 1951). For the recent period. II (London: Oxford University Press. 561–579. State Insolvency and Foreign Bondholders: Selected Case Histories of Governmental Foreign Bond Defaults and Debt Readjustments Vol. further documentation on the coverage and numerous sources for individual time series by country and by period is provided in Data Appendices I and II. “Egypt’s Growth Performance Under Economic Liberalism: A Reassessment with New GDP Estimates. Wynne. multi-century database on public debt and its characteristics and the various manifestations and measurements of economic crises. and individual efforts to construct national accounts—notably nominal and real GDP. respectively. These series include prices. and currency crashes and debasements. inflation and banking crises. and limitations. William H.. particularly pre-1900.Winkler. the data are primarily found in standard largescale databases. Appendix: A Global Database with a Long-term View: Sources and Methodology This appendix presents a broad-brush description of the comprehensive database used in this study and evaluates its main sources. The remaining two sections are devoted to describing the particulars of building a cross-country.. The construction of the public domestic and external debt database can be best described as more akin to archeology than economics.

ac. http://oxlad. 19 While our analysis of inflation crises begins in 1500. To that end. Since our analysis spans several earlier centuries.iisg.18 Our data sources for the modern period are primarily the standard databases of the International Monetary Fund—International Financial Statistics (IFS) and World Economic Outlook (WEO). Currency Debasement.edu/) and their counterparts at the Dutch International Institute of Social History (http://www. no such study would be complete without taking stock of expropriation through inflation. Following the rise of fiat currency. many of the price series begin much earlier. Global Financial Data (GFD) and Williamson et al. and the Oxford Latin American History Database (OXLAD.ucdavis. In this regard. we rely on the meticulous work of a number of economic historians who have constructed such price indices item by item.. our preferred measures are consumer price indices or their close relative.ox. I. in several “regional” papers). 68 .nl/hpw/ ) have been an invaluable source for prices is Europe and Asia. Prices Since an overarching theme of our analysis is to document the incidence and magnitude of various forms of expropriation or default through the ages. For colonial America. Exchange Rates. cost-of-living indices (as those constructed by Williamson et al.uk/) are key sources.crises episodes encompasses both mechanical rules of thumb to date a crisis as well as arbitrary judgment calls on the interpretation of historical events as described by the financial press and scholars over the centuries. 18 These regional papers provided time series for numerous developing countries for the mid-1800s to pre– WWII. most often by city rather than by country. from primary sources. 19 The complete references by author to this body of scholarly work are given in Appendix I and in the references. Davis (http://gpih. For pre–World War II coverage (usually from the early 1900s or late 1800s). the Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS . the scholars participating in the Global Price and Income History Group project at the University of California. and Real GDP 1.qeh. Prices. inflation became the modern-day version of currency debasement.

We realize that a single commodity (even if it is the most important one) is a relative price. For modern pre-war rates GFD. HSUS. from 1980 to the present the WEO data dominates all other sources. which are taken from John Castaing's Course of Exchange. our primary sources for exchange rates are IFS for official rates and Pick’s Currency Yearbooks for market-based rates.S. Absent any composite index. which appeared twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays) from 1698 69 . When no such consumer price indices are available. Finally. at most. as it enforces uniformity—although for the recent period discrepancies across these price indices is.cambridge. For post–World War II data. These are sometimes supplemented with scholarly sources for individual countries. 1500–1900. as described in Appendix I. currency depreciation. for example. On methodology When more than one index is available for a country. in the 1720s). we fill in the holes in coverage with individual commodity prices. we work with the simple average. and the League of Nations Annual Reports are the primary sources. rather than the aggregate we seek. OXLAD. the United States and the New World. such as in the pre-1800s data. and currency debasement The handmaiden to inflation is.S. This almost always takes the form of wheat prices for Europe and rice prices for Asia.org) recently updated the U.net/~richardgarner04/) covers key cities in Latin America. so if on any given year we have at least one consumer (or cost-of-living) price series and the price of wheat (or rice)—we do not average the two but give full weight to the composite price index. we turn to wholesale or producer prices indices (as.http://hsus. Exchange rates.comcast. at http://home. as quantified and documented in detail in Reinhart and Rogoff (2004). China in the 1800s and the U. 2. trivial. modern and early. while Richard Gardner (Economic History Data Desk: Economic History of Latin America. of course. Less modern are the exchange rates for the late1600s–early1800s for a handful of European currencies. This is most useful when there are price series for more than one city for the same country. data.

When we had actual data for real GDP (from either official sources or other scholars) for periods for which the Maddison data is missing and periods for which both series are available. We do not attempt to include in our study aggregate measures of real economic activity prior to 1800. For most countries. These countries represent about 96 percent of the world population. among other things. etc. http://www. GDP is reported only for selected benchmark years (1820. ESFDB. GDP is calculated on the basis of PPP 1990 International Geary–Khamis dollars. we employ as a primary source Angus Maddison’s data. Table AI. There are exceptions. series on levels of real GDP. For instance. we sometimes found it necessary to interpolate the Maddison data. these series are the foundation for dating and quantifying the “debasement crises”—the precursors of modern devaluations. Real GDP To maintain homogeneity. population.ac.throughout the following century or so (see European State Finance Data Base. TED contains.20 The earliest series begin in the mid-13th century for Italy and England.).21 To calculate a country’s share of world GDP continuously over the years. As we describe in this appendix. 1870. As the smaller and poorer countries are not in the database.net/). inasmuch as possible for our large sample of countries over the course of approximately 200 years. we ran auxiliary regressions of the Maddison GDP 20 21 Sevket Pamuk constructs comparable series for Turkey through World War I. Rodney Edvinsson’s careful estimates for Sweden 1720–2000 or HSUS for the US beginning in 1790 offer a basis on which to examine earlier economic cycles and their relation to crises.ggdc.) The earlier “silver-based” exchange rates were calculated by these authors (trivially) from the time series provided primarily by Robert Allen (for other sources see Appendix I. Interpolation took three forms. 70 . who constructed continuous annual series on the silver content of several European currencies). for up to 125 countries from 1950 to the present.le. spanning 1820–2003 (depending on the country).4.uk/hi/bon/ESFDB/frameset. 3. 1850. and GDP per capita. which lists individual authors). and its updated version through 2006 by the Total Economy Database (TED http://www. ranging from the best or preferred practice to the most rudimentary.html. the sample represents an even larger share of world GDP (99 percent).

23 the external accounts are most often available for longer periods. such as an output index or. and Végh (2004) and sources cited therein for the more recent period. central government revenues—for which we have long continuous time series. calculations in the background material to Reinhart and Rogoff (2004). Trade balances provide a rough measure of the country-specific capital flow cycle—particularly for the earlier periods when data on capital account balances are nonexistent. as this share usually does not change drastically from year to year. Exports are also used to scale debt—particularly external debt.umd. This allowed us to fill in the gaps for the Maddison data.edu/faculty/reinhart/PartII_Dual. II. Misinvoicing not withstanding. 71 . The 22 23 It is well known that revenues are intimately linked to the economic cycle. useless from the vantage point of discerning any cyclical pattern.series on the available GDP series for that particular country. thus maintaining cross-country comparability and enabling us to aggregate GDP by region or worldwide. Exports Though subject to chronic misinvoicing problems. 4. it still provides a reasonable measure of a particular country’s share of world GDP. the auxiliary regressions linked the Maddison measure of GDP to other indicators of economic activity. http://www. Official historical statistics and assorted academic studies listed in Data Appendix I complement the main databases. for example. The series used in this study are taken from the IMF.pdf. Government Finances and National Accounts 1. While this method of interpolation is. of course. 22 As a last resort. if no potential regressors were available. most often. interpolation simply connected the dots of the missing Maddison data assuming a constant annual growth rate in between the reported benchmark years. those accounts can be considered more reliable than many other series of economic activity. See. Public finances Government finances are primarily taken from Mitchell for the pre-1963 period and from Kaminsky. while the earlier data come primarily from GFD and OXLAD. Reinhart.publicpolicy. When no other measures of GDP were available to fill in the gaps.

such as the IMF. and World Bank. the Mitchell data goes back to the 1800s. Public Debt and its Composition One would think that with at least 250 sovereign external default episodes during 1800– 2007 and at least 70 cases of default on domestic public debt (not to mention the significant economic disruption associated with these events). For many of the countries in our sample. not to mention extensive bibliographical references. 24 These numbers are a lower bound. this is not the case—far from it. 2. Baptista for Venezuela. the constructed national account series (usually for pre–World War I) from many scholars around the world. are incorporated into our collection. which provide data on national accounts for the post–World War II period (with different starting points depending on the country). the time series on central government revenues and expenditures date back to the colonial period. particularly in Asia and Africa. Details on individual country coverage are presented in Appendix Table AI. we consult other multicountry databases such as OXLAD for earlier periods. 72 . As with other time series used in this study. which brings together the data provided by many authors is an excellent source for the larger European countries for the pre1800 era. since they do not include the many sovereign defaults prior to 1800 and. such as Brahmananda for India. National Accounts Besides the standard sources. as regards domestic defaults. and Yousef for Egypt.24 Yet. United Nations. we have only begun to skim the surface. Richard Bonney’s European State Finance Data Base (ESFDB). In nearly all cases.web pages of the central banks and finance ministries of the many countries in our sample provide the most up-to-date data. enabling us to calculate debt-to-revenue ratios for many of the earlier crises. III. as it offers considerable detail on government revenues and expenditures. it would be relatively straightforward to find a comprehensive long time series on public sector debt.7. Government debt is among the most elusive of economic time series. see Reinhart and Rogoff (2008).

Yet. but certainly not least. 73 . among other things. practically all public debt is domestic. etc. or Singapore. and the U. known previously as the World Debt Tables). with no particulars provided of the composition of debt (domestic versus foreign) or its maturity (long-term versus short-term). for most countries domestic debt accounts for an important share of total government debt. There are no advanced economies included in the database (nor newly-industrialized countries (such as Israel.K. prices. GFD also has serious limitations. there is no data prior to 1970. The all-country average oscillates between 40 to 80 percent during 1900–2006. which provides time series on general government debt since 1980. these data only cover external debt. Korea.26 In search of the elusive data on total public debt. since domestic public debt levels are relatively trivial. commodity prices. public domestic and external debt in its Statistical Yearbook 25 This description comes from the IMF’s web site: “Download time series data for GDP growth. external debt. payments balances. Finland. unemployment. and the United States. Singapore. Last. external debt is a sufficient statistic on government liabilities. we examined the archives of the global institutions’ predecessor. In a few countries. for many advanced economies (France. more. However. which cannot be considered as much of a time series. It is an improvement on the other databases in that it begins (for most countries) in 1970 and it provides extensive detail on the particulars of external debt. this data has several important limitations: it only includes a handful of emerging markets. To state that the IMF’s well-known World Economic Outlook (WEO) database extends to public debt requires a stretch of the imagination.” 26 For some countries. exports. however.For the advanced economies. for that matter) to facilitate comparisons.. Unlike data from the IMF and the World Bank for exchange rates. government finances. As Reinhart and Rogoff (2008) illustrate. imports. inflation. The most comprehensive data on public debt comes from the World Bank’s Global Development Finance (GFD.25 Data is only provided for the G-7 from 1980 onward (out of 180 countries covered in the WEO). the most comprehensive data comes from the OECD. to name a few). the data actually begins much later in the 1990s. and only total debt is reported. the League of Nations. such as Panama or Côte D’Ivoire. Greece. capital flows. and found that this institution collected information on. such as the Netherlands..

28 This exercise allows us to examine standard debt ratios for default episodes for several newly-independent nations in Latin America as well as Greece and important defaults such as that of China in 1921. spanning 1914–1946. among others. it also disaggregated domestic debt into its long-term and short-term components. which have been (where possible) extended to the period prior to 1914 and post-1983. the database expanded accordingly. India. we construct a foreign debt series (but. among others. at which time the domestic and external public debt series were discontinued altogether. and Egypt and Turkey in the 1860s– 1870s. This data provides the starting point for our public debt series. It covers advanced and developing economies. and Wynne. While. Marichal. hence it required going to the original publications. When no public debt data is available prior to 1914. Korea. we have put together debt data for much of the colonial period. This debenture data also provide a proximate measure of gross international capital inflows. these sources yield time series that span 1914– 1983 for the most complete cases. the newly-formed United Nations (UN) inherited the data collected by the League of Nations and in 1948 its Department of Economic Affairs. As former colonies became independent nations. 74 . This practice continued until 1983. Data Appendix II provides details or the sources by country and time period. Ghana. Much of the data come from scholars including Lindert and Morton. From these data. this data is not available electronically in any database. For the most part. From that time onwards the UN continued to collect and publish the domestic and external debt data in the same format as their pre-war predecessor on an annual basis in their Statistical Yearbooks. both country-specific statistical and government agencies and individual scholars. In total. These data are most useful for filling holes in the external debt time series. Miller. not total debt). South Africa. published a special volume on public debt. 1880–1913. we consulted numerous sources.(1926–1944). neither the IMF nor the World Bank continued this practice after the war. we proceed to approximate the foreign debt stock by reconstructing debt from individual international debt issues. when countries 27 For Australia. For data prior to 1914 (including several countries that were then colonies)27. To the best of our knowledge. 28 Flandreau and Zumer (2004) are an important data source for Europe.

write-offs.e. Their usefulness (as measures of debt) is acutely affected by repeated defaults. and country-specific key economic and financial indicators for the world’s financial centers during 1800–2007. since this term is of fairly recent vintage) have two components: those indicators that are. V. and debt restructurings that introduce disconnects between the amounts of debt issued and the subsequent debt stock. Cowan. and short. are the official government sources themselves. 30 Indonesia prior to 1972 is a good example where this exercise was particularly useful. often under the IMF’s 1996 initiative. For commodity prices. IV. 75 . which are increasingly forthcoming in providing domestic debt data. Special Data Dissemination Standard. but certainly not least.K. they continue to be a useful measure of gross capital inflows. global in scope—namely. Panizza. Levy-Yeyati.and long-term interest rates for the relevant financial center of the time (i.29 For some countries (or colonies in the earlier period) where we have only relatively recent data for total public debt. as there was relatively little private external borrowing nor bank lending in the earlier sample. we have time series since the late 1700s from four different sources (see Data Appendix I).first tap international capital markets.30 To update the data for post-1983. indeed. Sturzenegger (2006) perform a similar exercise for all the developing countries of the Western hemisphere for 1980–2004. world commodity prices. but have reliable data going much further back on central government revenues and expenditures. we calculate and cumulate fiscal deficits to provide a rough approximation to the debt stock. real and nominal GDP. Two very valuable recent studies facilitate the update: Jeanne and Guscina (2006) compile detailed date on the composition of domestic and external debt for 19 important emerging markets for 1980–2005.S. Last. Varieties of Economic Crises and their Dates 29 Even under these circumstances. prior to World War I and the U. the U. we mostly rely on GFD for external debt. subsequently). Global variables Global variables (for lack of a better name. The key economic indicators include the current account deficit..

and 5. 0. Thus. we are not only concerned here with the dating of the initial crash (as in Frankel and Rose. 1999) but with the full period in which annual depreciations exceed the threshold. This definition is the most parsimonious. and inflation Inflation crises Since we want to study the incidence of expropriation in its various forms. In our earlier work (Reinhart and Rogoff. Mirroring our treatment of inflation episodes. In this study. one is quantitative in nature while the other is based on a chronology of events. Details follow. we adopt an inflation threshold of 20 percent per annum. 1996 and Kaminsky and Reinhart. hyperinflations are of modern vintage. which classified exchange rate arrangements for the post–World War II period. inflation rates well below 40 percent per annum were considered as inflation crises.To identify crisis episodes. with Hungary 1946 holding the record in our sample. Median inflation rates before World War I were well below those of the more recent period: 0. we used a 12-month inflation threshold of 40 or higher percent to define a “freely falling” episode. 1. as it does not rely on other variables such as reserve losses and interest rate hikes. the largest crashes shown in Table A1 are 76 . we follow a variant of Frankel and Rose (1996). Currency crashes To date currency crashes. This approach is similar to that followed in Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999). who focus exclusively on the exchange rate depreciation. which spans a much longer period before the widespread creation of fiat currency. Crises defined by quantitative thresholds: currency crashes. Furthermore. debasement. we are not only interested in dating the beginning of an inflation or currency crisis episode but its duration as well. Hardly surprising.5 for 1500–1799. 2004).71 for 1800–1913. as the last column of Table A1 highlights. who used quantitative thresholds to date currency crises and events to date banking crises. we used two approaches. Many of the high-inflation spells can be best described as chronic—lasting many years.0 for 1914–2006.

however. The “honor” of the record currency crash. 77 .similar in timing and orders of magnitudes as the inflation profile. goes to Greece in 1944.

the record holder is China in 1948. we also date currency “reforms” or conversions and their magnitudes. when it comes to the magnitude of a single conversion. the French franc. A currency reform where a new currency replaces a much-depreciated earlier currency in circulation. Indeed. Currency debasement The predecessor of modern inflation and foreign exchange rate crises was currency debasement during the long era when the principal means of exchange were metallic coins.Table A1. Conversions also follow spells of high (but not necessarily hyper inflation). We also examine separately the incidence of more extreme cases where inflation exceeds 40 percent per annum. in effect. For example. Debasements were particularly frequent and large during wars. is indeed representative of many more episodes.7 3. and these cases are also included in our list of modern debasements. it is not unusual to have several conversions in quick succession. Defining Crises: A Summary of Quantitative Thresholds Crisis type Inflation Threshold An annual inflation rate 20 percent or higher.1 159.63E+26 Currency crashes 275. or the German DM and presently the euro) of 15 percent or more. drastic reductions in the silver content of the currency provided many sovereigns with their most important source of financing. A reduction in the metallic content of coins in circulation of 5 percent or more. Such conversions form a part of every hyperinflation episode in our sample. Finally. Period 1500–1790 1800–1913 1914–2006 1800–1913 1914–2006 Maximum 173.0 The most extreme episode in our sample is the 1948 Chinese conversion at a rate of 3 million to 1. 78 . with a conversion rate of three-million to one.8 –55. However.37E+09 Currency debasement: Type I Currency debasement: Type II 1258–1799 1800–1913 –56. which depicts the track record for Russia and Austria during the Napolenic Wars. Figure A1.6 9. An annual depreciation versus the US dollar (or the relevant anchor currency—historically the UK pound. in its struggle with hyperinflation. Brazil had no less than four conversions from 1986 to1994.

Banking Crises With regard to banking crises.31 2. Crises defined by events: banking crises and domestic and external debt defaults In this section. our analysis stresses events. and their little known or understood domestic debt crises counterparts.Figure A1. we describe the criteria used in this study to date banking crises. 1799-1815 1765 20 Russian ruble 1770 1775 1780 1785 1790 1795 1800 1805 1810 1815 10 0 -10 i Per cent -20 -30 -40 Austrian kreuze r -50 -60 The same quantitative methodology could be applied to date the burst of asset price bubbles (equity or real estate) that are so commonplace in the run-up to banking crises. 79 . but we do not encompass such episodes in this study and leave it for future research. external debt crises. The main reason for following this approach has to do with the lack of long time series data that allows us to date banking or 31 See Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999) for the construction of thresholds to date equity price crashes and Reinhart and Rogoff (2008) for a depiction of the behavior of real estate prices on the eve of banking crises in industrialized economies. Changes in the Silver Content of the Currency: Austria and Russia During the Napolenic Wars.

for Mexico) pick up banking crisis episodes not covered by the multicountry literature and contribute importantly to this chronology. 2003.financial crises quantitatively along the lines of inflation or currency crashes. Often. and (2) if there are no runs. and McElderry. however. the closure. takeover. if at all. for China. the comprehensive and well-known study by Caprio and Klingebiel—which the authors updated through 2003—is 80 . Indicators of business failures and nonperforming loans are also usually available sporadically. If the beginning of a banking crisis is marked by bank runs and withdrawals. that marks the start of a string of similar outcomes for other financial institutions (as in Thailand 1996–97). but the main sources for cross-country dating of crises are as follows: For post-1970. merging. However. be it from a collapse in real estate prices or increased bankruptcies in the nonfinancial sector. Many country-specific studies (such as Camprubi. In this case. 2002. a large increase in bankruptcies or nonperforming loans could be used to mark the onset of the crisis. 1957. This indicator would have certainly done well in dating the numerous banking panics of the 1800s. For example. merging. this is problematic. or large-scale government assistance of an important financial institution (or group of institutions). and Noel. or takeover by the public sector of one or more financial institutions (as in Venezuela in 1993 or Argentina in 2001). but from a protracted deterioration in asset quality. we mark a banking crisis by two types of events: (1) bank runs that lead to the closure. for Peru. then changes in bank deposits could be used to date the crises. the banking problems do not arise from the liability side. We rely on existing studies of banking crises and on the financial press. according to these studies the fragility of the banking sector was widespread during these periods. the relative price of bank stocks (or financial institutions relative to the market) would be a logical indicator to examine. Given these data limitations. Cheng. 1976. the latter are also made less informative by banks’ desire to hide their problems for as long as possible. particularly for the earlier part of our sample as well as for developing countries (where many domestic banks do not have publicly traded equity).

authoritative, especially when it comes to classifying banking crises into systemic or more benign categories; Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999), and Jacome (2008) for Latin America round out the sources. For pre–World War II, Kindleberger (1989), Bordo et al. (2001), and Willis (1926) provide multicountry coverage on banking crises. We relegate a summary discussion of the limitations of this event-based dating approach to Table A2, while the years in which the banking crises began are listed in Table A3—unfortunately, for many of the early episodes it is difficult to ascertain how long the crisis lasted.

Table A2. Defining Crises by Events: A Summary
Type of Crisis Definition and/or Criteria We mark a banking crisis by two types of events: (1) bank runs that lead to the closure, merging, or takeover by the public sector of one or more financial institutions; and (2) if there are no runs, the closure, merging, takeover, or large-scale government assistance of an important financial institution (or group of institutions), that marks the start of a string of similar outcomes for other financial institutions. A sovereign default is defined as the failure to meet a principal or interest payment on the due date (or within the specified grace period). The episodes also include instances where rescheduled debt is ultimately extinguished in terms less favorable than the original obligation. The definition given above for external debt applies. In addition, domestic debt crises have involved the freezing of bank deposits and or forcible conversions of such deposits from dollars to local currency. Comments This approach to dating the beginning of a banking crisis is not without drawbacks. It could date a crisis too late, because the financial problems usually begin well before a bank is finally closed or merged; it could also date a crisis too early, because the worst part of a crisis may come later. Unlike the external debt crises (see below), which have well-defined closure dates, it is often difficult or impossible to accurately pinpoint the year in which a crisis ended. While the time of default is accurately classified as a crisis year there are a large number of cases where the final resolution with the creditors (if it ever did take place) seems interminable. Fort his reason we also work with a crisis dummy that only picks up the first year. There is at best some partial documentation of recent defaults on domestic debt provided by Standard and Poors. Historically, it is very difficult to date these episodes and in many cases (like banking crises) it is impossible to ascertain the date of the final resolution.

Banking crisis Type I: systemic/severe Type II: financial distress/ milder

Debt crises: External

Debt crisis: Domestic

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External Debt Crises External debt crises involve outright default on payment of external debt obligations (Argentina 2001 holds the record for the largest default), repudiation (as in Mexico 1867, when an over 100 million pesos of debt, issued by Maximillian, was repudiated by the Juarez government), or the restructuring of debt into terms less favorable to the lender than those in the original contract (for instance, India’s little-known external restructurings in 1958–1972. These events have received considerable attention in the academic literature from leading modern-day economic historians, such as Michael Bordo, Barry Eichengreen, Marc Flandreau, Lindert and Morton, and Alan Taylor.32 Relative to early banking crises (not to mention domestic debt crises—which have been all but ignored in the literature) much is known about the causes and consequences of these rather dramatic episodes. The dates of sovereign defaults and restructurings are those listed in Tables 2–5. For post-1824, the dates come from several Standard and Poors studies. However, these are incomplete, missing numerous post-war restructurings and early defaults so this source has been supplemented with additional information from Lindert and Morton (1989), MacDonald (2003), Purcell and Kaufman (1993), Suter (1992), and Tomz (2007). Of course, required reading in this field includes Winkler (1933) and Wynne (1951). Methodology While the time of default is accurately classified as a crisis year there are a large number of cases where the final resolution with the creditors (if it ever did take place) seems interminable. Russia’s default following the revolution holds the record, lasting 69 years. Greece’s default in 1826 shut it out from international capital markets for 53 consecutive years, while Honduras’s 1873 default had a comparable duration.33 Looking at the full default episode is, of course, useful for characterizing the borrowing/default cycles, calculating hazard rates, etc. But it is hardly credible that a spell of 53 years could be considered a crisis—even if they weren’t exactly prosperous years. Thus, in addition to constructing the country-specific dummy variables to cover the entire episode,
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we also employ two other qualitative variables. The first of these only enters as a crisis the year of default; while the second creates a seven-year window centered on the default date. The rationale is that neither the three years that precede a default nor the three years that follow it can be considered a “normal” or “tranquil” period. As in Reinhart and Rogoff (2008), this allows us to analyze the behavior of various economic and financial indicators surrounding the crisis. Domestic Debt Crises Information on domestic debt crises is scarce but it is not because these crises do not take place. Indeed, as Reinhart and Rogoff (2008) show, domestic debt crises typically take place against much worse economic conditions than the average external default. Usually domestic debt crises do not involve external creditors, perhaps this may help explain why so many episodes go unnoticed. Of course, this is not always the case, Mexico’s much-publicized near-default in 1994– 1995 would have been a “famous” domestic default crisis indeed, since the dollar-linked government debt, the Tesebonos, that were on the verge of default, were issued under domestic law and were part of domestic debt. One can only speculate that if the Tesobonos had not been so widely held by nonresidents, perhaps this crisis would have received less attention. Since 1980, Argentina has defaulted three times on its domestic debt—the two defaults that coincided with defaults in external debt (1982 and 2001) did attract considerable international attention. The largescale 1989 default that did not involve a new default on external debt and did not involve nonresidents is scarcely known in the literature. Even the many defaults on domestic debt during the Great Depression in advanced economies and developing ones are not well documented. Another feature that characterizes domestic defaults is that references to arrears or suspension of payments on domestic debt are often relegated to footnotes. Lastly, some of the domestic defaults that involved the forcible conversion of foreign currency deposits into local currency have occurred during banking crises, hyperinflations, or a combination of the two (Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina are in this list).

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France. Banking Crises Dates and Capital Mobility: 1800-2007 High-Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Middle Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Low Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Capital Mobility: Low-Moderate. Italy. US Italy. 1915-1919 Chile 1915 85 . Portugal Australia Netherlands. Italy. France. Italy. Japan. Brazil 1908 1913 1914 India 1913 Capital Mobility: Low. US 1880 1882 1884 1885 1887 1889 1890 Mexico 1883 Argentina. UK Austria. Brazil. South Africa 1890 1891 1893 1897 1898 1900 1901 1907 Chile Brazil 1899 1900 Mexico 1907 Belgium.Table A3. Japan Denmark. US 1914 Chile Mexico Argentina. 1800-1879 France France UK UK Denmark US UK. Sweden. US 1802 1805 1810 1815 1813 1818 1825 1836 1837 1847 1848 1857 1866 1873 India Peru South Africa 1873 1877 1863 Capital Mobility: High. Japan. US Germany. Netherlands. US US Canada. 1880-1914 Germany France US Denmark Italy France Portugal. Chile. UK. Sweden Norway Finland Germany. Norway. UK. UK UK Belgium UK.

1930–1969 France. Spain 1974 1977 Capital Mobility: Moderate. Mexico 1929 India 1929 Capital Mobility: Low. Finland. 1920–1929 Mexico 1920 India 1921 1923 1924 1925 1927 1929 China 1923 Brazil. Israel. Portugal. Netherlands. Germany. Sweden Belgium Italy Belgium. Italy Belgium. Banking Crises Dates and Capital Mobility: 1800–2007 (continued) High Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Middle Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Low Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Portugal Finland. Finland 1930 1931 Argentina. China Brazil 1934 1937 India Brazil 1963 1947 UK Germany. Greece. Japan. Taiwan Austria Belgium. China 1931 1934 1935 1939 Argentina. Spain. Chile 1926 Brazil.Table A3. Brazil. Taiwan US 1920 1921 Capital Mobility: Moderate. Italy. Norway Canada. Germany Japan. 1970–1979 Uruguay 1971 Chile 1976 Central African Republic South Africa 1977 Venezuela 1978 1976 86 .

Cote D’Ivoire. Mali. Kenya. Kirgyz Republic. Chad. Estonia. Indonesia Cape Verde. Chile. Macedonia Argentina. Rep. UK Japan 1991 1992 Slovenia. Korea. 1981 Mexico. Singapore Canada. Panama 1985 Low Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Hong Kong. Togo 1993 87 . Poland. Central African Republic. Kenya 1982 1983 1984 1984 1985 1987 1988 Bangladesh. BosniaHerzegovina. Burkina Faso. Philippines Uruguay Colombia. Niger Mauritania Guinea. Slovak Republic Albania. Brazil. Sweden. Liberia.). South Africa. Eritrea. Cameroon. China. Peru. Finland. Norway 1987 Bolivia. New Zealand. Sao Tome 1991 1992 Angola. Nigeria 1992 1993 Guinea. Ecuador. Thailand Argentina. Banking Crises Dates and Capital Mobility: 1800-2007 (continued) High-Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Middle Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Capital Mobility: High. Romania Georgia. Ghana Equatorial Guinea. Nepal. US 1982 1983 Congo (Dem. Egypt. Malaysia Denmark. Venezuela 1989 1990 Sierra Leone 1990 1991 Djbouti. Brazil. Egypt. 1980-2007 1980 Argentina. Kuwait Taiwan UK. 1982 Turkey 1983 Morocco. Nicaragua Lebanon. Mozambique. Congo. El Salvador. Greece. Costa Rica. Sri Lanka Algeria. Senegal 1986 1987 1988 Australia 1989 Italy 1990 Czech Republic. Madagascar. Hungary. Tanzania Benin.Table A3. India.

Ukraine Colombia. Mexico. Lithuania. Bulgaria. 1999 Honduras. 1980–2007 Armenia. Cameroon. 2001 Guatemala Paraguay 2002 Uruguay Dominican 2003 Republic Guatemala 2006 Low Income Country (ies) BeginningYear France 1994 Burundi.Table A3. Zimbabwe 1995 Myanmar Yemen Vietnam 1996 Taiwan 1997 1997 US 2007 88 . Azerbaijan. 1997 Korea. Latvia. Swaziland. Zambia. Peru Nicaragua 2000 Argentina. Croatia. Turkey 1995 Argentina. Banking Crises Dates and Capital Mobility: 1800–2007 (continued) High Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Middle Income Country (ies) BeginningYear Capital Mobility: High. Uganda 1994 UK 1995 Guinea-Bissau. Mauritius. Philippines. 1998 Ecuador. Russia. El Salvador Russia Bolivia. 1996 Ecuador.). Paraguay. Brazil. Costa Rica. Jamaica. 1994 Bolivia. Congo (Rep. Malaysia. Thailand Indonesia.

7 Central Government Expenditure and Revenue Table AI. IMF. Reinhart. Macro Time Series This data appendix covers the macro time series used. 9 Global Indicators and Financial Centers 89 .6 Gross National Product: PPP in constant dollars Table AI.1 Prices: Consumer or cost-of-living indices Table AI. while a separate appendix is devoted to the database on government debt.3 Early Silver-based Exchange Rates Table AI.Data Appendix I.4 Silver Content of Currencies Table AI.5 Nominal and Real Gross National Product and Output Index Table AI.8 Total Exports and Imports Table AI. al) ESFDB: European State Finance Data Base GFD: Global Financial Data GPIHG: Global Price and Income History Group IISH: International Institute of Social History IFS: International Financial Statistics. KRV: Kaminsky.2 Modern Nominal Exchange Rates Table AI. Abbreviations of Frequently-used Sources (Additional sources listed in tables below) DIA: Diaz (et. IMF List of Tables Table AI. and Vegh MAD: Maddison MIT: Mitchell OXF: Oxford Latin American History Database RR: Reinhart and Rogoff TED: Total Economy Database WEO: World Economic Outlook.

al. GFD/WEO Butlin. al. GFD/WEO MIT WEO Gardner Williamson et. Vanplew. GFD/WEO CanStat GFD/WEO MIT WEO Garner Diaz e. food prices Sidney. Flandreau & Zumer OXF Diaz et. 1 Prices: Consumer or cost-of-living indices (unless otherwise noted) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Period covered 1869-1884 1938-2007 1914-1962 1991-2007 1775-1812 1864-1940 1884-1913 1900-2000 1913-2000 1913-2007 1818-1850 1850-1983 1861-2007 1440-1800 1800-1914 1880-1913 1919-2007 1462-1913 1835-2007 1936-2007 1763-1820 1830-1937 1861-2000 1912-2007 1867-1975 1910-2007 1956-1993 1980-2007 1754-1806 1810-2000 1900-2000 1913-2007 1500-1910 1638-1936 1867-1935 1926-1948. GFD/WEO OXF WEO GFD/WEO Commentary Wheat prices Buenos Aires only Australia New Wales. 1978-2007 1863-1940 1900-2000 1923-2007 1937-2007 1951-2007 1748-1800 1815-2007 1942-2000 1980-2007 1939-2007 Sources Hoffman et. OXF GFD/WEO Peng Wang Hsu GFD/WEO Williamson et. al. GPIHG Shergold. al. Flandreau & Zumer GFD/WEO Allen GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Garner Williamson et. OXF GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Hoffman et. food Vienna Wheat prices Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Antwerp Rio de Janeiro only Rio de Janeiro only Canada Central African Republic Chile Santiago only China Rice prices Rice prices Wholesale prices Colombia Costa Rica Cote D’Ivoire Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador Wheat prices 90 .Table AI. al. al. al. al. GPIHG GFD/WEO Allen Hoffman et. al. Diaz et.

1 Prices: Consumer or cost-of-living indices-continued (unless otherwise noted) Country Egypt Period covered 1859-1941 1913-2007 1915-1999 1937-2000 1980-2007 1860-2001 1980-2007 1431-1786 1840-1913 1807-1935 1840-2007 1427-1765 1637-1855 1820-2007 1833-1938 1922-2007 1949-2007 1938-2000 1980-2007 1938-2000 1980-2007 1923-2007 1866-2000 1873-1939 1913-2007 1820-1940 1948-2007 1548-1645 1734-1806 1701-1860 1861-2007 1690-1909 Sources WILL GFD/WEO GFD OXD WEO Finnish Historical National Accounts WEO Allen Dick GFD/WEO Allen Hoffman et. Milan Rice prices in the southern region of Korea Korea Japan Kenya Malaysia Mauritius 1906-1939 1948-2007 1600-1650 1818-1871 1860-1935 1900-2007 1947-2007 1948-2007 1946-2007 Williamson et. al. GFD/WEO Williamson et. al. Osaka Rice prices. Osaka 91 . GFD/WEO Kostelenos et. al. al. al. al. GFD/WEO Kimura Bunko Williamson et. al.Table AI. GFD/WEO GFD/WEO OXD WEO OXD WEO GFD/WEO Diaz et. GFD/WEO Allen DeMaddalena GFD/WEO Jun & Lewis Retail prices Munich Wheat prices GDP deflator Commentary El Salvador Finland France Germany Greece Ghana Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Indonesia Italy Naples Wheat prices. Williamson et. GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Rice prices.

Diaz et. al. al. WEO Borodkin Flandreau & Zumer GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Hamilton Hamilton. al. WEO Williamson et. Hoffman et.Table AI. eggs. Wallachia Wheat and rye flour. WEO GFD/WEO Commentary Zacatecas Morocco Myanmar (Burma) Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Potosi Lima Philippines Poland Oats Prices-Warsaw Warsaw Portugal Wheat prices Romania Russia Wheat prices. al. and linen prices Sri Lanka 92 . GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Williamson et. al. 1927-1940. al. GFD/WEO Van Zanden Van Riel GFD/WEO Statistics New Zealand WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Grytten WEO OXD WEO GFD/WEO Garner Garner Diaz et. Petesburg Singapore South Africa Spain Valencia Wheat.1 Prices: Consumer or cost-of-living indices-continued (unless otherwise noted) Country Mexico Period covered 1786-1821 1877-1940 1918-2007 1939-3007 1870-1940 1939-2007 1500-1800 1800-1913 1880-2007 1857-2004 1980-2007 1937-2007 1953-2007 1516-2005 1980-2007 1939-2000 1980-2007 1938-2007 1750-1816 1790-1841 1800-1873 1913-2000 1980-2007 1899-1940 1937-2007 1701-1815 1816-1914 1921-1939 1983-2007 1728-1893 1881-1997 1980-2007 1779-1831 1971-2007 1853-1910 1880-1913 1917-1924. WEO Hoffman et. al. al. al. Allen GFD/WEO Hoffman et. 1991-2007 1948-2007 1895-2007 1500-1650 1651-1800 1800-2000 1980-2000 1939-2007 Sources Garner Williamson et. 1944-1972. Bordo et. al. GFD/WEO Hoffman et. St.

1 Prices: Consumer or cost-of-living indices-concluded (unless otherwise noted) Country Sweden Period covered 1732-1800 1800-2000 1980-2007 1897-1939 1980-2007 1820-1941 1948-2007 1939-2007 1469-1914 1854-1941 1922-2007 1450-1999 1781-2007 1720-1789 1774-2003 1980-2007 Uruguay 1870-1940 1929-2000 1980-2007 1830-2002 1914-2007 1938-2007 1920-1970 1930-2007 Sources Hoffman et. GFD/WEO Van Zanden GFD/WEO Historical Statistics of the United States Historical Statistics of the United States WEO Williamson et. GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Pamuk Williamson et. OXF WEO Baptista GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Mitchell GFD/WEO Commentary Wheat prices Taiwan Thailand (Siam) Tunisia Turkey Istanbul United Kingdom United States Southern England Wholesale prices Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe 93 . al.Table AI. al. al. WEO Williamson et. al. al. Edvinsson WEO Williamson et.

German DM UK pound Germany Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Mauritius Mexico UK pound. German DM UK pound German DM UK pound UK pound. GFD/IFS GFD/IFS OXF GDF/IFS GDF/IFS GDF/IFS GDF/IFS OXF. German DM French francs UK pound UK pound French francs UK pound UK pound UK pound UK pound. German DM Austrian schilling UK pound Dutch guilder UK pound. al. Picks IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS ESTDB/Course of the Exchange GFD/IFS ESTDB/Course of the Exchange GFD/IFS Lazaretou GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD Other relevant rates French francs/euro French francs UK pound UK pound. German DM UK pound UK pound Japanese yen UK pound UK pound UK pound. French franc 94 .Table AI.2 Modern Nominal Exchange Rates (Domestic currency units per US dollar and other currencies noted) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Canada Central African Republic Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Finland France Period covered 1831-2007 1921-2007 1880-1913 1885-2007 1835-2007 1814-2007 1830-2007 1863-2007 1812-2007 1858-2007 1900-2007 1830-1995 1878-2007 1848-2007 1900-2000 1919-2007 1921-2007 1864-2007 1905-2007 1898-2000 1980-2007 1869-2007 1870-2007 1900-2007 1619-1810 1800-2007 1698-1810 1795-2007 1872-1939 1901-2007 1900-2007 1870-2007 1900-2007 1823-2007 1876-2007 1816-2007 1862-2007 1898-2007 1905-2007 1900-2007 1900-2007 1814-2007 1823-1999 Source GFD/IFS GFD/IFS Flandreau & Zumer GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS Braun et.

2 Modern Nominal Exchange Rates-concluded (Domestic currency units per US dollar and other currencies noted) Country Morocco Myanmar (Burma) Netherlands Period covered 1897-2007 1900-2007 1698-1810 1792-2007 1892-2007 1912-2007 1900-2007 1819-2007 1900-2007 1900-2000 1980-2007 1883-2007 1893-2007 1916-2007 1750-1865 1794-2007 1921-2007 1815-2007 1814-2007 1900-2000 1834-2007 1900-2007 1814-2007 1900-2007 1814-2007 1895-2007 1859-2007 1900-2007 1859-2007 1619-1810 1660-2007 1660-2007 1900-2007 1900-2007 1900-2007 1900-2007 Source GFD/IFS GFD/IFS ESTDB/Course of the Exchange GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS OXD IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS Course of the Exchange GDF/IFS GDF/IFS GFD/IFS GFD OXF/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GDF/IFS GDF/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS ESTDB/Course of the Exchange GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS GFD/IFS Other relevant rates French franc/euro UK pound UK pound German DM UK pound UK pound Swedish krona. German DM Argentine peso UK pound Spanish peseta Dutch grooten UK pound.Table AI. German DM French franc New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Russia Singapore South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan Thailand (Siam) Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom UK pound UK pound German DM UK pound UK pound. German DM UK pound. Japanese yen UK pound French franc UK pound French franc United States Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe UK pound UK pound 95 .

Table A4 RR.Table AI. Mironov Allen & Unger Currency/Commentary kreuzer. Table A4 Currency/Commentary kreuzer. Vienna Hoet livre tournois composite pfenning lira fiorentina Composite Reis common ruble Composite mark ortug Akche Table AI. Valencia vellon maravedis. Table A4 RR. Table A4 RR. New Castille Real mark ortug Akche Pence Dollar Sweden Turkey United Kindgom United States Montfort Soderberg Ozmukur & Pamuk Allen & Unger Allen & Unger 96 . Table A4 RR.4 Silver Content of Currencies Country Austria Belgium France Germany Italy Netherlands Portugal Russia Spain Period Covered 1371-1860 1349-1801 1258-1789 1350-1798 1417-1830 1289-1858 1366-1575 1450-1800 1750-1855 1761-1840 1761-1815 1351-1650 1501-1800 1630-1809 1523-1573 1555-1914 1261-1918 1800-1979 Sources Allen & Unger Korthals Allen & Unger Allen & Unger Malanima Allen & Unger Van Zanden Godinho Lindert.3 Early Silver-based Exchange Rates (Domestic currency units per UK pence) Country Austria Belgium France Germany Italy Netherlands Portugal Russia Spain Sweden Turkey Period Covered 1371-1860 1349-1801 1258-1789 1350-1830 1289-1858 1366-1800 1750-1855 1761-1840 1351-1809 1523-1573 1555-1914 Source RR. Table A4 RR. Vienna Hoet livre tournois pfenning/Frankfurt pfenning/Augsburg lira fiorentina Flemish grote Guilder Reis common ruble Assignatzia dinar. Table A4 RR. Table A4 RR. Table A4 RR. Table A4 RR. Table A4 RR.

al.et. Flandreau & Zumer GFD GFD 97 . (base=1970) 1886-1945 1952-2007 1821-1859 1860-2001 Yousef GFD/WEO Landes Nordic Historical National Accounts Cotton output El Salvador Finland France Germany Greece GNI Guatemala Honduras 1833-1939 1880-1913 1927-1999 1948-1999 Kostelenos et. OXF 1861-2007 1850-2000 1900-2000 Nominal Index of total production (1995=100) (base=1970) Canada Central African Republic Chile China NNP Colombia Costa Rica Cote D’ Ivoire Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt 1810-2000 Diaz et.Table AI. Index of total production (1995=100) 1962-1999 1900-2000 1925-1999 1947-1999 1818-1975 GFD OXF GFD GFD Nordic Historical National Accounts Real.5 Nominal and Real Gross National Product and Output Index (Domestic currency units) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Period covered 1950-2007 1962-2007 1969-2007 1884-1913 1875-2000 1900-2000 1900-2007 1798-2007 1820-2000 Source GFD/WEO/IFS GFD/WEO/IFS Flandreau & Zumer Diaz et. OXF GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Diaz. al. al. al. Nominal Index of total production (1995=100) Real (base=1970) Nominal Index of total production (1995=100) Nominal Commentary Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil 1835-2007 BNB. al. Centre d'études économiques de la KUL GFD/WEO Diaz et.

1951-1999 1911-1938.Table AI. al. per capita Index of total production Java Thousand yen. VanZanden Bassino and Van der Eng GFD GFD Myun Soo Cha and Nak Kim GFD Bassino and Van der Eng GFD DIA OXF OXF GFD Bassino and Van der Eng GFD National Accounts of the Netherlands Grytten OXF OXF GFD Bassino and Van der Eng GFD/WEO Commentary Indonesia Real. per capita Nominal and real 1946-2007 1910-1970 98 . 1953-1999 Korea GNI Malaysia 1911-1940 1953-1999 1910-1970 1949-1999 1820-2000 1900-2000 1900-2000 1925-1999 1913-1970 1950-1999 1800-1913 1830-2003 1900-2000 1900-2000 1942-1999 1910-1970 1946-2997 Poland Portugal Russia GNI Source GFD/WEO Brahamanda Diaz et.GNI also calculated Mexico Index of total production (1995=100) Real. 1948-2007 1861-1899 1820-2000 1815-1913 1910-1970 1921-1939.5 Nominal and Real Gross National Product and Output Index (Domestic currency units) Country India Period covered 1900-1921. 1945-1995 1979-1997 1992-1999 1911-1999 1900-1970 1720-2000 1800-2000 1910-1970 Flandreau & Zumer GFD GFD GFD GFD Bassino and Van der Eng Edvinsson Bassino and Van der Eng GFD/WEO Bassino and Van der Eng Nominal Production Real. (base=1970) Myanmar (Burma) Netherlands Norway Peru Real (base=1970) Nominal Philippines South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan Thailand (Siam) 1885-1913 1928-1940.

Table AI. per capita Period covered Source Commentary Uruguay Real (base=1970) GNI Venezuela Real (base=1970) Zambia Zimbabwe 99 .5 Nominal and Real Gross National Product and Output Index (Domestic currency units) Country Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom United States 1923-2005 1950-1999 1830-1999 1948-1999 1790-2002 1948-1999 1935-1999 1955-2000 1900-2000 1955-1999 1830-2002 1900-2000 1950-2007 Nominal GFD GFD GFD Historical Statistics of the United States GFD GFD OXF OXF GFD Baptista OXF GFD/WEO GNI Real.

Table AI.6 Gross National Product: PPP in constant dollars (also available on a per capita basis) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Period covered 1950-2005 1820-2005 1950-2005 1875-2000 1900-2005 1870-2005 1820-2006 1870-2006 1820-2006 1846-2006 1820-2006 1945-2005 1936-2005 1820-2000 1870-2005 1820-2005 1870-2006 1820-2006 1950-2003 1810-2000 1820-2005 1929-1938 1950-2006 1900-2005 1920-2005 1820-2006 1950-2005 1942-2005 1939-2005 1900-2000 1900-2005 1950-2005 1820-2005 1900-2000 1860-2006 1820-2006 1820-2006 1850-2006 1820-2006 1921-2006 1820-2006 1920-2005 1920-2005 1824-2006 1870-2006 Source MAD/TED RR MAD/TED Diaz et. al MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR DIA MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD Diaz et. Al. MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED OXF RR MAD/TED RR OXF MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED RR Commentary Interpolation 1821-1949 (base=1996) Interpolation 1871-1899 Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Interpolation 1821-1869 Interpolation 1821-1845 Interpolation 1936-1944 (base=1996) Interpolation 1821-1869 Interpolation 1821-1869 Canada Central African Republic Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador (base=1996) Interpolation 1942-1949 (base=1970) Interpolation 1900-1938 Interpolation 1821-1949 (base=1970) Interpolation 1821-1859 Egypt El Salvador Finland France Germany Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary Interpolation 1821-1849 Interpolation 1821-1920 Interpolation 1871-1923 100 .

6 Gross National Product: PPP in constant dollars (also available on a per capita basis) Country India Indonesia Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Morocco Myanmar (Burma) Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Period covered 1884-2006 1820-2006 1870-2005 1820-2005 1870-2006 1820-2006 1950-2005 1911-2006 1820-2006 1911-2005 1820-2006 1950-2005 1900-2006 1820-2006 1950-2005 1820-2005 1950-2005 1820-2005 1945-2005 1939-2005 1939-2005 1895-2005 1902-2005 1870-2005 1929-1938 1950-2006 1870-2005 1865-2006 1820-2006 1926-1938 1950-2006 1928-2006 1950-2005 1820-2005 1950-2005 1905-2005 1850-2006 1820-2005 Source MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR Commentary Interpolation 1821-1883 Interpolation 1821-1869 Interpolation 1821-1869 Interpolation 1821-1910 Interpolation 1821-1910 Interpolation 1821-1899 Interpolation 1821-1949 Interpolation 1821-1949 Interpolation 1939-1944 Interpolation 1871-1901 Interpolation 1871-1928 Interpolation 1821-1864 Portugal Romania Russia Singapore South Africa Spain Interpolation 1821-1949 Interpolation 1905-1949 Interpolation 1821-1849 101 .Table AI.

6 Gross National Product: PPP in constant dollars (also available on a per capita basis) Country Sweden Thailand (Siam) Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe Period covered 1820-2006 1950-2005 1820-2005 1950-2005 1820-2005 1923-2005 1830-2006 1820-2006 1870-2006 1820-2006 1870-2005 1900-2005 1820-2005 1950-2005 1950-2005 1919-2005 Source MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED RR MAD/TED MAD/TED MAD/TED Commentary Interpolation 1821-1949 Interpolation 1821-1949 Interpolation 1821-1829 Interpolation 1821-1869 Interpolation 1821-1899 102 .Table AI.

MIT KRV Cheng KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV (base=1995) China Colombia Costa Rica Cote D’Ivoire Nationalist goverrment Denmark 103 . missing data World War I missing data Belgium Bolivia Brazil Canada KRV MIT KRV IBGE/MIT KRV MIT Revenues begin 1885 Lower Canada Upper Canada Canada Central African Republic Chile KRV MIT KRV Braun et.7 Central Government Expenditure and Revenue (Domestic currency units unless otherwise noted) Country Algeria Period covered 1834-1960 1964-1975 1994-1996 1963-2003 1915-1973 1980-2003 1864-1999 1880-1913 1963-2003 1839-1900 Sources MIT Commentary Revenues begin in 1830 Angola Argentina Australia KRV MIT KRV MIT Flandreau & Zumer KRV MIT Austria 1901-1997 1965-2003 1791-1993 1965-2003 1830-1993 1965-2003 1888-1999 1963-2003 1823-1994 1980-2003 1806-1840 1824-1840 1867-1995 1963-2003 1906-1912 1925-1973 1963-2003 1810-1995 1857-1998 1963-2003 1927-1936 1963-2003 1905-1999 1963-2003 1884-1999 1963-2003 1895-1912 1926-1999 1963-2003 1853-1993 1965-2003 MIT KRV MIT KRV Revenues begin in 1824. New South Wales and other provinces circa 1840 Commonwealth World War I and II.Table AI. al.

florins. high government Italy Japan Kenya Korea Japanese yen South Korea Malaya Malaysia Mauritius 104 .Table AI.7 Central Government Expenditure and Revenue (Domestic currency units unless otherwise noted) Country Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt Period covered 1905-1999 1963-2003 1884-1999 1979-2003 1821-1879 1852-1999 1963-2003 1883-1999 1963-2003 1882-1993 1965-2003 1600-1785 1815-1993 1965-2003 1688-1806 1872-1934 1946-1993 1979-2003 1885-1940 1954-1993 1963-2003 1882-1999 1963-2003 1879-1999 1963-2003 1868-1940 1810-2000 1963-2003 1821-1940 1816-1939 1959-1999 1963-2003 1862-1993 1965-2003 1868-1993 1963-2003 1895-2000 1970-2003 1905-1939 1949-1997 1963-2003 1883-1938 1946-1999 1963-2003 1812-2000 1963-2003 Sources MIT KRV MIT KRV Landes MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV ESFDB MIT KRV ESFDB MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT MIT KRV Mellegers MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV Commentary El Salvador Finland France Germany (Prussia) Germany Revenues end in 1942 West Germany Expenditure begins in 1833 and again in 1946 Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Indonesia Netherlands East Indies.

7 Central Government Expenditure and Revenue (Domestic currency units unless otherwise noted) Country Mexico Morocco Period covered 1825-1998 1963-2003 1938-2000 1963-2003 1946-1999 1963-2003 1845-1993 1965-2003 1841-2000 1965-2003 1900-1999 1963-2003 1874-1998 1963-2003 1850-1992 1965-2003 1909-1996 1963-2003 1881-1900 1913-1993 1963-2003 1846-1998 1963-2003 1901-2000 1963-2003 1922-1937 1947-1993 1879-1902 1917-1992 1975-2003 1883-1992 1769-1815 1804-1914 1924-1934 1950-1990 1914-1921 1931-1951 1963-2000 Sources MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT Expenditure only MIT KRV MIT ESFDB MIT Commentary Revenues also 19201929 Myanmar (Burma) Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Norway Panama Paraguay Revenues through 1902 Peru Philippines World War II missing data Poland Portugal Romania Russia Expenditure begins in 1862 Singapore Katzenellenbaum Condoide MIT National budget 105 .Table AI.

7 Central Government Expenditure and Revenue (Domestic currency units unless otherwise noted) Country South Africa Period covered 1826-1904 1905-2000 1963-2003 1520-1553 1753-1788 1850-1997 1965-2003 1811-2000 1963-2003 1881-1993 1980-2003 1898-1938 1950-2000 1891-2000 1963-2003 1909-1954 1965-1999 1963-2003 1923-2000 1963-2003 1486-1815 1791-1993 1963-2003 1789-1994 1960-2003 1871-1999 1963-2003 1830-1998 1963-2003 1963-2003 1963-2003 1894-1997 1963-2003 Sources MIT KRV ESFDB MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV ESFDB MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV MIT KRV KRV KRV MIT KRV Revenue begins in 1851 Commentary Natal begins in 1850 Spain Not continuous Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan Thailand (Siam) Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe 106 .Table AI.

Table AI. lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Exports begin in 1854. as noted) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Period covered 1831-2007 1891-2007 1864-2007 1885-2007 1880-1913 1826-2007 1831-2007 1846-2007 1816-2007 1899-1935 1899-2007 1821-2007 1880-1913 1832-2007 1867-2007 1857-1967 1865-1937 1950-2007 1835-1938 1919-2007 1854-1938 1921-2007 1892-2007 1900-2007 1841-2007 1865-2007 1889-1949 1924-2007 1850-2007 1869-2007 1859-1988 1870-2007 1818-2007 1900-2007 1800-2007 1880-2007 1850-2007 1900-2007 1849-2007 1900-2007 1851-2007 Sources GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Flandreau & Zumer GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD GFD/WEO Flandreau & Zumer GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Currency/ Commentary Lcu US$ Exports Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Cote D’Ivoire Denmark US$ Lcu US$ Exports Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Exports begin in 1818.8 Total Exports and Imports (local currency units and US$. lcu US$ Lcu US$ GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Ecuador Egypt El Salvador GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Finland France Germany Ghana Greece Guatemala GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Lcu US$ Lcu US$ 107 .

8 Total Exports and Imports (local currency units and US$.Table AI. as noted) Country Honduras India Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Period covered 1896-2007 1832-2007 1823-1974 1876-2007 1861-2007 1862-2007 1900-2007 1886-1936 1905-2007 1905-2007 1833-2007 1900-2007 1797-1830 1872-2007 1797-1830 1872-2007 1947-2007 1937-2007 1846-2007 1895-2007 1851-2007 1905-2007 1879-1949 1923-2007 1866-1952 1882-2007 1884-2007 1924-2007 1861-2007 1862-1993 1921-2007 1802-1991 1815-2007 1948-2007 1826-2007 1900-2007 Sources GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Currency Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Includes Singapore until 1955 Lcu US$ UK pound Lcu US$ Morocco Myanmar (Burma) Netherlands Nicaragua Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Russia Singapore South Africa GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ 108 .

Rogoff. Rostow. Purcell and Kaufman. nominal and real 1790-1850 1854-1990 1862-1999 1980-2007 1341-2007 Sovereign external default dates 109 . Reinhart. WEO Historical Statistics of the United States GFD and Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Historical Statistics of the United States. Suter. and Schwartz Boughton-IMF Economist WEO Macdonald. and Savastano. and Standard and Poor’s 1790-2007 1790-2007 1790-2006 1830-1900 1915-2007 Federal funds rate Long-term bond 1950-2007 1798-2007 World Commodity prices.Table AI. and United Kingdom National Statistics GFD and Bank of England GFD and Bank of England Historical Statistics of the United States.8 Total Exports and Imports (local currency units and US$. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Gayer. Mitchell.9 Global Indicators and Financial Centers Country United Kingdom Series Current account balance/GDP Consol rate Discount rate United States Current account balance/GDP 60-90 day commercial paper Discount rate Period covered 1816-2006 Sources Imlah. as noted) Country Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan Thailand (Siam) Turkey United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe Period covered 1822-2007 1825-2007 1900-2007 1832-2007 1891-2007 1859-2007 1878-2007 1796-2007 1788-2007 1862-1930 1899-2007 1830-2007 1900-2007 1908-2007 1900-2007 Sources GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO GFD/WEO Currency Lcu US$ Table AI.

Public Debt This data appendix covers the government debt series used. LM: Lindert & Morton LofN: League of Nations MAR: Marichal MIT: Mitchell RR: Reinhart and Rogoff UN: United Nations WEO: World Economic Outlook. Sturzenegger ESFDB: European State Finance Data Base GFD: Global Financial Data. The World Bank IFS: International Financial Statistics.4 Domestic Public Debt 110 . while Appendix I is devoted to the database on macro time series. IMF Lcu: local currency units List of Tables Table AII. IMF.1 Public Debentures: External Government Bond Issues Table AII.3 External Public Debt Table AII. Levy-Yeyati.2 Total (Domestic plus External) Public Debt Table AII.Appendix II. Abbreviations of frequently-used sources (additional sources listed in tables below) CLYPS: Cowan. Panizza.

Miller UN UN Clay. Winkler MAR UN MAR Landes. LM UN MAR UN Bazant. LM. LM UN MAR UN MAR UN Commentary Includes first loan Includes first loan Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Egypt El Salvador Greece Includes first loan Includes first loan Includes first loan (Independence loan) Guatemala Honduras India Japan Mexico Panama Peru Russia South Africa Thailand (Siam) Turkey Uruguay Venezuela Includes first loan Includes first loan Includes first loan Includes first loan Includes first loan 111 . MAR UN UN MAR UN Crisp. 1 Public Debentures: External Government Bond Issues Country Argentina Australia Bolivia Brazil Period covered 1824-1968 1927-1946 1857-1978 1927-1946 1864-1930 1927-1946 1843-1970 1928-1946 1860-1919 1928-1946 1822-1830 1928-1946 1865-1938 1822-1929 1928-1946 1871-1930 1862-1965 1928-1946 1922-1930 1928-1946 1824-1932 1928-1939 1856-1930 1928-1939 1867-1930 1928-1945 1870-1965 1928-1939 1824-1946 1928-1944 1923-1930 1928-1945 1822-1930 1928-1945 1815-1916 1928-1946 1928-1947 1854-1965 1933-1939 1871-1939 1928-1947 1822-1930 1928-1947 Sources LM. LM. LM.Table AII. MAR UN Huang. MAR. Summerhill UN LM UN LM. LM UN MAR UN Levandis UN MAR UN MAR UN LM UN Bazant. MAR UN Attard.

LofN/UN Ministerio de Hacienda Cheng.2 Total (Domestic plus External) Public Debt (currency units are noted) Country Argentina Period covered 1863-1971 1914-1981 1980-2005 1852-1914 1914-1981 1980-2007 Source Garcia Vizcaino LofN/UN GFD. al. RR GFD.Table AII. Ministerio de Hacienda UN Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Danmark’s National Bank LofN/UN LofN/UN Ministry of Finance Commentary Lcu Lcu Australia Lcu Lcu Austria 1880-1913 1945-1984 1970-2006 1830-2005 Lcu Lcu euros euros Belgium Bolivia Brazil 1914-1953 1968-1981 1991-2004 1880-1913 1923-1972 1991-2005 1867-2007 1827-2000 1914-1953 1990-2007 1894-1950 1981-2005 1923-2006 1892-1914 1914-1983 1980-2007 1970-1980 1880-1913 1914-1975 1990-2007 1914-1952 1914-1972 1990-2006 Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Canada Chile Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ China Colombia Costa Rica Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Cote D’Ivoire Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador 112 . Centre d'études économiques de la KUL LofN/UN CLYPS Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN GFD. Bank of Canada Diaz et. Huang. Jeanne & Guscina Page LofN/UN Australian Office of Financial Management Flandreau & Zumer UN Austrian Federal Financing Agency BNB. Jeanne & Guscina Contraloria General de la Republica Soley-Guell LofN/UN CLYPS. Jeanne & Guscina Statistics Canada.

des comptes public Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Bundesbank Levandis Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN OECD LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina Statistical Abstract Relating to British India LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Bank Indonesia/GDF Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dipartamento del Tesoro Historical Statistics of Japan/Bank of Japan Frankel LofN/UN Central Bank of Kenya Mizoguchi & Umemura LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN Commentary Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Not continuous.Table AII.2 Total (Domestic plus External) Public Debt-continued (currency units are noted) Country Egypt El Salvador Period covered 1914-1959 2001-2005 1914-1963 1976-1983 1990-2004 2003-2007 1914-1983 1978-2007 1880-1913 1913-1972 1999-2007 1880-1913 1914-1983 1950-2007 1869-1893 1880-1913 1920-1983 1993-2006 1921-1982 1980-2005 1914-1971 1980-2005 1913-1942 1992-2005 1840-1920 1913-1983 1980-2005 1972-1983 1998-2005 1880-1913 1914-1894 1982-2007 1872-2007 1911-1935 1961-1980 1997-2007 1910-1938 1970-1984 1990-2004 1947-1957 1976-1981 1980-2004 1970-1984 1998-2007 Source LofN/UN Ministry of Finance LofN/UN CLYPS Banco Central de Reserva LofN/UN State Treasury Finland Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Ministère du Budget. Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Finland France Germany Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu UK pounds Lcu Lcu Yen Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Lcu Mauritius Lcu Lcu 113 .

Total (Domestic plus External) Public Debt-continued (currency units are noted) Country Mexico Period covered 1814-1946 1914-1979 1980-2006 1965-1980 1880-1914 1914-1977 1914-2008 1858-2006 1914-1945 1970-1983 1991-2005 1880-1914 1913-1983 1965-2007 1915-1983 1980-2005 1927-1947 1976-1982 1990-2004 1918-1970 1990-2005 1948-1982 1980-2005 1920-1947 1994-2004 1851-1997 1914-1975 1980-2007 1880-1914 1922-1938 1993-2005 1969-1982 1986-2006 1859-1914 1910-1982 1946-2006 Source Bazant LofN/UN Direccion General de la Deuda Publica UN Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dutch State Treasury Agency Statistics New Zealand/NZ Treasury LofN/UN CLYPS Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Ministry of Finance LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN GFD.Table AII. Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Monetary Authority Page LofN/UN South Africa Reserve Bank Commentary Not continuous Lcu Morocco Netherlands Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Russia Lcu In euros from 1999 French francs and Lcu Lcu Singapore South Africa Lcu Lcu UK pounds Lcu Lcu 114 . Jeanne & Guscina INE-Portugese Statistical Agency LofN/UN Banco de Portugal Crisp. Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN GFD.2.

Appendix Table AII. not contiuous United States Uruguay 1791-2007 1914-1947 1972-1984 1999-2007 1914-1982 1983-2005 1924-1936 1969-1982 Lcu US$ Venezuela Zimbabwe UK pounds 115 . Page UK Debt Management Office Treasury Direct LofN/UN Banco Central del Uruguay LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina Frankel UN Commentary Not continuous Lcu Sri Lanka 1999-2006 1861-1914 1950-1983 1990-2006 1880-1913 1914-1984 1950-2006 1913-1984 1980-2006 1972-1982 2004-2007 1933-1984 1986-2007 1693-1786 1781-1915 1850-2007 Euro UK pounds Lcu Lcu Sweden Thailand (Siam) Lcu Lcu Lcu Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Total funded debt 1787-1815.2 Total (Domestic plus External) Public Debt-concluded (currency units are noted) Country Spain Period covered 1504-1679 1850-2001 Source ESFDB Estadisticas Historicas de España: Siglos XIXXX Banco de España Page UN Central Bank of Sri Lanka Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Riksgälden LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina. Bank of Thailand LofN/UN Central Bank of Tunisia LofN/UN Turkish Treasury Quinn Bazant.

al.3 External Public Debt (currency units are noted) Country Algeria Angola Argentina Period covered 1970-2005 1989-2005 1863-1971 1914-1981 1970-2005 1852-1914 1914-1981 1980-2007 1945-1984 1970-2006 1914-1981 1992-2007 1914-1953 1968-1981 1970-2005 1991-2004 1824-2000 1923-1972 1970-2005 1991-2005 1867-2007 1970-2005 1822-2000 1970-2005 1822-1930 1865-1925 1981-2005 1923-2006 1892-1914 1914-1983 1980-2007 1970-2005 1914-1952 1961-2004 1914-1972 1970-2005 1990-2007 1862-1930 1914-1959 1970-2005 Source GFD GFD Garcia Vizcaino LofN/UN GFD Page LofN/UN Australian Office of Financial Management UN Austrian Federal Financing Agency LofN/UN LofN/UN GFD CLYPS IBGE LofN/UN GFD Jeanne & Guscina Statistics Canada.Table AII. Ministerio de Hacienda GFD LofN/UN Banco de la Republica LofN/UN GFD Ministry of Finance RR LofN/UN GFD Commentary US$ US$ Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu euros Lcu Lcu Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Brazil Canada Central African Republic Chile US$ £s and US$ Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Estimated from debentures Estimated from debentures US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ US$ Estimated from debebtures Lcu US$ China Colombia Costa Rica Cote D’Ivoire Dominican Republic Ecuador ` Egypt 116 . Bank of Canada GFD Diaz et. GFD RR RR GFD Contraloria General de la Republica Soley-Guell LofN/UN CLYPS.

Table AII. des comptes public LofN/UN LofN/UN LofN/UN GFD CLYPS LofN/UN GDF LofN/UN GDF Jeanne & Guscina Statistical Abstract relating to British India LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN GDF Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dipartamento del Tesoro Historical Statistics of Japan/Bank of Japan Mizoguchi & Umemura LofN/UN GDF Central Bank of Kenya LofN/UN GDF Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN GDF Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN GDF Bank of Mauritius Commentary Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Germany Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Yen Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Mauritius 117 .3 External Public Debt-continued (currency units are noted) Country France Period covered 1913-1972 1999-2007 1914-1983 1920-1983 1921-1982 1970-2005 1980-2005 1914-1971 1970-2005 1980-2005 1913-1942 1982-2005 1992-2005 1840-1920 1913-1983 1980-2005 1972-1983 1970-2005 1880-1913 1914-1984 1982-2007 1872-2007 1910-1938 1961-1980 1970-2005 1997-2007 1970-1984 1970-2005 1990-2004 1947-1957 1976-1981 1970-2005 1980-2004 1970-1984 1970-2005 1998-2007 Source LofN/UN Ministère du Budget.

Table AII. External Public Debt-continued (currency units are noted) Country Mexico Period covered 1814-1946 1820-1930 1914-1979 1970-2005 1980-2006 Morocco Netherlands 1965-1980 1970-2005 1880-1914 1914-1977 1914-2008 1858-2006 1914-1945 1970-1983 1970-2005 1991-2005 1880-1914 1913-1983 1965-2007 1915-1983 1980-2005 1927-1947 1976-1982 1970-2005 1990-2004 1822-1930 1918-1970 1990-2005 1970-2005 1948-1982 1970-2005 1920-1947 1986-2005 1851-1997 1914-1975 1980-2007 1815-1917 1922-1938 1993-2005 1969-1982 Source Bazant RR LofN/UN GDF Direccion General de la Deuda Publica UN GDF Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dutch State Treasury Agency Statistics New Zealand/NZ Treasury LofN/UN GDF CLYPS Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Ministry of Finance LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN GFD CLYPS RR LofN/UN CLYPS GFD LofN/UN GFD LofN/UN GFD INE-Portugese Statistical Agency LofN/UN Banco de Portugal RR LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Commentary Not continuous Estimated from debentures Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ US$ Estimated from debentures Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Lcu In euros from 1999 Lcu Lcu Russia Singapore 118 .

Table AII. US $ Lcu Lcu US$ Sweden Thailand (Siam) Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom Uruguay Venezuela Zambia Zimbabwe 119 .3 External Public Debt-concluded (currency units are noted) Country South Africa Period covered 1859-1914 1910-1983 1946-2006 1850-2001 Source Page LofN/UN South Africa Reserve Bank Estadisticas Historicas de España: Siglos XIXXX Banco de España UN GFD Central Bank of Sri Lanka LofN/UN Riksgälden LofN/UN GFD Jeanne & Guscina. Bank of Thailand GFD Central Bank of Tunisia LofN/UN RR LofN/UN GFD Turkish Treasury LofN/UN RR LofN/UN GFD CLYPS RR LofN/UN GFD UN GFD Commentary UK pounds Lcu Lcu Lcu Spain Sri Lanka 1999-2006 1950-1983 1970-2005 1990-2006 1914-1984 1950-2006 1913-1984 1970-2005 1980-2006 1970-2005 2004-2007 1972-1982 1854-1933 1933-1984 1970-2005 1986-2007 1914-2007 1871-1930 1914-1947 1972-1984 1970-2005 1980-2004 1822-1842 1914-1982 1970-2005 1969-1982 1970-2005 Euro Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Estimated from debentures Lcu US$ US$ Lcu Estimated from debentures Lcu US$ US$ Estimated from debentures.

Table AII. Huang. al. Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN Australian Office of Financial Management UN Austrian Federal Financing Agency LofN/UN BNB. Centre d'études économiques de la KUL LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN GFD.4 Domestic Public Debt (Local currency units unless otherwise noted) Country Argentina Period covered 1863-1971 1914-1981 1980-2005 1914-1981 1980-2007 1945-1984 1970-2006 1914-1983 1992-2007 1914-1953 1968-1981 1991-2004 1923-1972 1991-2005 1867-2007 1827-2000 1914-1953 1914-1946 1990-2007 1894-1949 Source Garcia Vizcaino LofN/UN GFD. LofN/UN UN Ministerio de Hacienda RR (from Cheng. Ministerio de Hacienda UN LofN/UN Danmark’s National Bank LofN/UN LofN/UN Ministry of Finance LofN/UN Ministry of Finance Commentary Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu euros Lcu Australia Austria Belgium Bolivia Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Brazil Canada Chile China Colombia Costa Rica 1923-2006 1892-1914 1914-1983 1980-2007 1970-1980 1914-1975 1990-2007 1914-1952 1914-1972 1990-2006 1914-1959 2001-2005 Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Cote D’Ivoire Denmark Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt 120 . Bank of Canada Diaz et. UN) Contraloria General de la Republica Soley-Guell LofN/UN CLYPS. Jeanne & Guscina Statistics Canada.

4 Domestic Public Debt-continued (Local currency units unless otherwise noted) Country France Period covered 1913-1972 1999-2007 1920-1983 1912-1941 1921-1982 1980-2005 1914-1971 1980-2005 1913-1942 1992-2005 1840-1920 1913-1983 1980-2005 1972-1983 1998-2005 1880-1913 1914-1894 1882-2007 1872-2007 1914-1946 1961-1980 1997-2007 1970-1984 1990-2004 1947-1957 1976-1981 1980-2004 1970-1984 1998-2007 1814-1946 1914-1979 1980-2006 1965-1980 1880-1914 1914-1977 1914-2008 Source LofN/UN Ministère du Budget. des comptes public LofN/UN UN LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina Statistical Abstract relating to British India LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Bank Indonesia/GDF Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dipartamento del Tesoro Historical Statistics of Japan/Bank of Japan UN LofN/UN Central Bank of Kenya LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN Bank of Mauritius Bazant LofN/UN Direccion General de la Deuda Publica UN Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Dutch State Treasury Agency Commentary Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Greece Guatemala Honduras Hungary India Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Indonesia Italy Japan Kenya Korea Malaysia Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Mauritius Mexico Lcu Lcu Not continuous Lcu Morocco Netherlands Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu 121 .Table AII.

4 Domestic Public Debt-continued (Local currency units unless otherwise noted) Country New Zealand Nicaragua Period covered 1858-2006 1914-1945 1970-1983 1991-2005 1880-1914 1913-1983 1965-2007 1915-1983 1980-2005 1927-1947 1976-1982 1990-2004 1918-1970 1990-2005 1948-1982 1980-2005 1920-1947 1994-2004 1851-1997 1914-1975 1980-2007 1922-1938 1993-2005 1969-1982 1986-2006 1859-1914 1910-1983 1946-2006 1850-2001 Source Statistics New Zealand/NZ Treasury LofN/UN CLYPS Flandreau & Zumer LofN/UN Ministry of Finance LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN GFD.Table AII. Jeanne & Guscina LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina INE-Portugese Statistical Agency LofN/UN Banco de Portugal LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Monetary Authority Page LofN/UN South Africa Reserve Bank Estadisticas Historicas de España: Siglos XIXXX Banco de España UN Central Bank of Sri Lanka Commentary Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ US$ Lcu US$ Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu In euros from 1999 Lcu Lcu Lcu UK pounds Lcu Lcu Lcu Norway Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Russia Singapore South Africa Spain Sri Lanka 1999-2006 1950-1983 1990-2006 Euro Lcu Lcu 122 .

4 Domestic Public Debt-concluded (Local currency units unless otherwise noted) Country Sweden Thailand (Siam) Period covered 1914-1984 1950-2006 1913-1984 1980-2006 Source LofN/UN Riksgälden LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina.Table AII. Bank of Thailand UN Central Bank of Tunisia LofN/UN Turkish Treasury LofN/UN Treasury Direct LofN/UN CLYPS LofN/UN Jeanne & Guscina UN Commentary Lcu Lcu Lcu Lcu Tunisia Turkey United Kingdom United States Uruguay Venezuela Zimbabwe 1972-1982 2004-2007 1933-1984 1986-2007 1914-2007 1791-2007 1914-1947 1972-1984 1980-2004 1914-1982 1983-2005 1969-1982 Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu US$ Lcu Lcu Lcu 123 .

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