Fiscal Discipline and the Cost of Public Debt Service : Some Estimates for OECD Countries

Author/Editor:

Francesco Caselli

Publication Date:

April 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Is there any systematic explanation of variations in the cost of debt servicing over time and across countries? This paper examines the influence of fiscal variables on borrowing costs in a panel of OECD countries, showing that these variables have a significant role. In particular, an improvement of the primary fiscal balance is associated with a significant reduction in debt-servicing costs, amplifying the effects of primary adjustment on the fiscal position. A significant country-specific component remains, however; several explanations for this component are discussed, including debt management and market infrastructure.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/55

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451969269/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0551998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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