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Searching for Threshold Effects in the Evolution of Budget Deficits: An Application to the Spanish Case

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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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Paper provided by Centro de Estudios Andaluces in its series Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces with number E2003/29.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cea:doctra:e2003_29

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Keywords: Fiscal policy; Budget deficits; Threshold effects; TAR models.;

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