This Time They Are Different: Heterogeneity and Nonlinearity in the Relationship Between Debt and Growth

 
Author/Editor: Markus Eberhardt ; Andrea Presbitero
 
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
 
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Summary: We study the long-run relationship between public debt and growth in a large panel of countries. Our analysis takes particular note of theoretical arguments and data considerations in modeling the debt-growth relationship as heterogeneous across countries. We investigate the issue of nonlinearities (debt thresholds) in both the cross-country and within-country dimensions, employing novel methods and diagnostics from the time-series literature adapted for use in the panel. We find some support for a nonlinear relationship between debt and long-run growth across countries, but no evidence for common debt thresholds within countries over time.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 13/248
Subject(s): Public debt | Economic growth | Economic models

 
English
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484309285/2227-8885 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2013248 Pages: 55
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