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Cyclical Budgetary Policy and Economic Growth: What Do We Learn from OECD Panel Data?

In: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2007, Volume 22

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  • Philippe Aghion
  • Ioana Marinescu

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This paper uses yearly panel data on OECD countries to analyze the relationship between growth and the cyclicality of government debt. We develop new time-varying estimates of the cyclicality of public debt. Our main findings can be summarized as follows: (i) less procyclical public debt growth can have significantly positive effects on productivity growth, in particular when financial development is lower; (ii) public debt growth has become increasingly countercyclical in most OECD countries over the past twenty years, but this trend has been less pronounced in the EMU; (iii) less financially developed or more open economies display less countercyclical public debt growth.

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  • Daron Acemoglu & Kenneth Rogoff & Michael Woodford, 2008. "NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2007, Volume 22," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number acem07-1, July.
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