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Public Debt and Economic Growth in Advanced Economies: A Survey

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  • Ugo Panizza

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    (UNCTAD and The Graduate Institute, Geneva)

  • Andrea Filippo Presbitero

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    (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, MoFiR)

Abstract

This paper surveys the recent literature on the links between public debt and economic growth in advanced economies. We find that theoretical models yield ambiguous results. Whether high levels of public debt have a negative effect on long-run growth is thus an empirical question. While many papers have found a negative correlation between debt and growth, our reading of the empirical literature is that there is no paper that can make a strong case for a causal relationship going from debt to economic growth. We also find that the presence of thresholds and, more in general, of a non-monotone relationship between debt and growth is not robust to small changes in data coverage and empirical techniques. We conclude with a discussion of the challenges involved in measuring and defining public debt and some suggestions for future research which, in our view, should emphasize cross-country heterogeneity.

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Paper provided by Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences in its series Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers with number 78.

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Date of creation: Jan 2013
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  1. Public debt and economic growth, one more time
    by ? in VoxEU.org on 2013-04-25 01:00:00
  2. A new paper on the causality of debt and growth
    by Tyler Cowen in Marginal Revolution on 2013-04-19 18:02:49
  3. Crecimiento económico y deuda pública
    by ? in Tiempo Económico on 2013-04-21 20:23:21
  4. Debt and growth: No ‘tipping point’
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  1. Alexander Chudik & Kamiar Mohaddes & M. Hashem Pesaran & Mehdi Raissi, 2013. "Debt, Inflation and Growth - Robust Estimation of Long-Run Effects in Dynamic Panel Data Models," CESifo Working Paper Series 4508, CESifo Group Munich.
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  4. Markus Eberhardt & Andrea Filippo Presbitero, 2013. "This Time They're Different: Heterogeneity;and Nonlinearity in the Relationship;between Debt and Growth," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 92, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
  5. Markus Eberhardt, 2013. "Nonlinearities in the Relationship between Debt and Growth: Evidence from Co-Summability Testing," Discussion Papers 2013/06, University of Nottingham, Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics (CFCM).
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  7. Andros Kourtellos & Thanasis Stengos & Chih Ming Tan, 2012. "The Effect of Public Debt on Growth in Multiple Regimes," Working Papers 1210, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.
  8. Dell'Erba, Salvatore & Hausmann, Ricardo & Panizza, Ugo, 2013. "Debt Levels, Debt Composition, and Sovereign Spreads in Emerging and Advanced Economies," Working Paper Series rwp13-028, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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