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Debt Sustainability Assessment: Mission Impossible

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  • Charles Wyplosz

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Debt sustainability is a vexing issue. Its importance is immediately obvious but it escapes any easy definition. This situation is not unheard of in economics; price stability and full employment are examples of other crucially important policy objectives that cannot be simply defined. Yet, while price stability or full employment can both be measured with a reasonable degree of precision, debt sustainability cannot even be measured directly.

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Article provided by Università di Perugia in its journal Review of Economics and Institutions.

Volume (Year): 2 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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Handle: RePEc:pia:review:v:2:y:2011:i:3:n:1

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Keywords: public debts; budget balance; sustainability;

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