Public Debt Dynamics : The Effects of Austerity, Inflation, and Growth Shocks

Author/Editor:

Fuad Hasanov ; Reda Cherif

Publication Date:

September 1, 2012

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We study how macroeconomic shocks affect U.S. public debt dynamics using a VAR with debt feedback. Following a fiscal austerity shock, the debt ratio initially declines and then returns to its pre-shock path. Yet, the effect is not statistically significant. In a weak economic environment, the likelihood of a self-defeating austerity shock is much higher than in normal times. An inflation shock only slightly reduces the debt ratio for a few quarters. A positive growth shock unambiguously lowers debt. In our specification, the debt ratio is stationary, whereas a VAR excluding debt may imply an explosive debt path.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/230

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475510553/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012230

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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