Budget Deficits and Interest Rates : A Fresh Perspective

Author/Editor:

Ari Aisen ; David Hauner

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We extend the literature on budget deficits and interest rates in three ways: we examine both advanced and emerging economies and for the first time a large emerging market panel; explore interactions to explain some of the heterogeneity in the literature; and apply system GMM. There is overall a highly significant positive effect of budget deficits on interest rates, but the effect depends on interaction terms and is only significant under one of several conditions: deficits are high, mostly domestically financed, or interact with high domestic debt; financial openness is low; interest rates are liberalized; or financial depth is low.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/42

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869040/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008042

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

19

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