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Searching for threshold effects in the evolution of budget deficits: an application to the Spanish case

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  • Bajo-Rubio, Oscar
  • Diaz-Roldan, Carmen
  • Esteve, Vicente

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In this paper we use recent developments on threshold autoregressive (TAR) models that allow us to derive endogenously threshold effects in the evolution of the Spanish budget deficit. Specifically, a mean-reverting dynamic behaviour of the budget deficit should be expected once such threshold is reached.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 82 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 239-243

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:82:y:2004:i:2:p:239-243

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