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The relationship between debt level and fiscal sustainability in OECD countries

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  • Mariam Camarero

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    (Department of Economics, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

  • Josep Lluís Carrion-i-Silvestre

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    (Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy, University of Barcelona, Spain)

  • Cecilio Tamarit

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    (Department of Applied Economics II, University of Valencia, Spain)

Abstract

In this paper we unify the traditional approaches to testing for fiscal sustainability considering the stock-flow system that fiscal variables configure. Our approach encompasses previous ways of testing for sustainability. The results obtained for a group of 17 OECD countries point to weak fiscal sustainability, as well as to the existence of cointegration between deficit and debt, confirming the relevance of the stock-flow approach. Allowing for structural breaks and multicointegration turns out to be of critical importance to assess whether the fiscal authorities apply their policies looking for sustainability and whether, simultaneously, they try to stabilize real debt target levels.

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Paper provided by Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) in its series Working Papers with number 2013/10.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:jau:wpaper:2013/10

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Keywords: fiscal sustainability; cointegration; unit roots; structural breaks;

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