Fiscal Sustainability : A 21st Century Guide for the Perplexed

Author/Editor:

Evan C Tanner

Publication Date:

April 22, 2013

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper critically reviews recent work regarding the sustainability of public debt. It argues that Debt Sustainability Analyses (DSAs) should be more than mere mechanical simulation exercises. Instead, a DSA should be linked to some objective regarding the distribution of fiscal burdens and distortions over time (in the tradition of Barro’s 1979 tax smoothing objective). The paper discusses objective functions that yield simple and transparent fiscal policy rules.

Series:

Working Paper No. 13/89

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 22, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484381991/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2013089

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

49

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