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Fiscal Policy Rules and the Sustainability of Public Debt in Europe

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  • Stefan Collignon

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In this paper, the sustainability of public debt is interpreted as the result of the interaction of fiscal policy with the economic environment, and not as a statistical concept as in most of the recent literature. If debt must not explode over time, policy makers have to respond to the changing conditions in the macroeconomic environment. This paper defines the conditions which will ensure compliance of fiscal policy with the intertemporal budget constraint in the context of Europe’s fiscal policy rules. The empirical part of the paper reveals that European public debt is sustainable in this respect, but questions regarding liquidity remain.

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Paper provided by RECON in its series RECON Online Working Papers Series with number 28.

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Date of creation: 15 Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:erp:reconx:p0086

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Keywords: economic growth; economic integration; economic performance; Euro; EMU; fiscal policy; stability pact;

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Cited by:
  1. María Lorena Marí del Cristo & Marta Gómez-Puig, 2013. "“Fiscal sustainability and fiscal shocks in a dollarized and oil-exporting country: Ecuador”," IREA Working Papers 201306, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Apr 2013.
  2. Pierre Aldama, 2013. "Soutenabilité de la dette publique et fonctions de réaction budgétaire en Europe," Post-Print dumas-00909907, HAL.

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