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Fiscal policy, trigger points and interest rates: Additional evidence from the U.S

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  • Gerhard Reitschuler

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  • Rupert Sendlhofer

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We empirically investigate whether the relationship between interest rates and public deficits/debt may be nonlinear for the U.S. Using threshold estimation, we find evidence of level-dependent effects on interest rates, implying a significant effect of projected deficits and debt in the U.S. only if the deficit surpasses approximately 5% of GDP.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2011-23.

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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:inn:wpaper:2011-23

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Keywords: Public debt; public deficit; long-term interest rates; nonlinearity; threshold models; Domar model;

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