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Fiscal sustainability across government tiers: an assessment of soft budget constraints

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  • Peter Claeys

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.)

  • Raúl Ramos

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.)

  • Jordi Suriñach

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona.)

Abstract

This paper analyses how fiscal adjustment comes about when both central and sub-national governments are involved in consolidation. We test sustainability of public debt with a fiscal rule for both the federal and regional government. Results for the German Länder show that lower tier governments bear a relatively smaller part of the burden of adjustment, if they consolidate at all. Most of the fiscal adjustment occurs via central government debt. In contrast, both the US federal and state levels contribute to consolidation of public finances.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200714.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
Date of revision: Jul 2007
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200714

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Keywords: fiscal policy; fiscal rules; EMU; SGP; fiscal federalism;

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