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Ist die Finanzpolitik der Bundesländer nachhaltig?


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  • Astrid Rosenschon
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    The paper deals with the issue in how far the fiscal policy of the German Laender can be considered as sustainable. Comparing the fiscal policy stance and budgets of the 16 German states, only Bavaria and Saxony are pursuing a fiscal policy which may be labelled as sustainable. The other states did not succeed in their attempt to stabilize, least of all to reduce, their public debt relative to their GDP. The greatest deviation from a sustainable budget is reported for Berlin with a "non-sustainability gap" of 6.38 per cent of GDP, followed by Saxony-Anhalt (1.77 per cent of GDP) holding the largest debt ratio among German non-city states. Bremen and Saarland are exceptional cases; both did not have a "non-sustainability gap" in 2001 but, at the same time, receive federal funds since 1994 which are earmarked to redeem former excessive debts.

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    Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1173.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1173

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    Keywords: Finanzpolitik; öffentliche Finanzen;

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    1. Boss, Alfred & Lorz, Jens Oliver, 1995. "Die öffentliche Verschuldung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Ausmaß und Belastungswirkung," Kiel Working Papers 669, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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    3. Astrid Rosenschon, 2003. "Zur Finanzlage Berlins � ein Vergleich mit Hamburg," Kiel Working Papers 1146, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
    4. Kitterer, Wolfgang & Raffelhüschen, Bernd, 2002. "Mehr Nachhaltigkeit in der Finanzpolitik," Wirtschaftsdienst – Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik (1998 - 2007), ZBW – German National Library of Economics / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, vol. 82(2), pages 67-73.
    5. Olivier Jean Blanchard, 1990. "Suggestions for a New Set of Fiscal Indicators," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 79, OECD Publishing.
    6. Huber, Bernd & Milbrandt, Beate & Runkel, Marco, 2002. "Die Finanzkrise Berlins: Eine Analyse der Nachhaltigkeit der Berliner Finanzpolitik," Munich Reprints in Economics 19397, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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    1. Boss, Alfred & Khalilian, Setareh & Klodt, Henning & Krieger-Boden, Christiane & Laaser, Claus-Friedrich & Neuhuber, Kristina & Peterson, Sonja & Rosenschon, Astrid, 2011. "Haushaltskonsolidierung und Subventionsabbau: Wie der Staat seine Handlungsfähigkeit zurückgewinnen kann," Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik 3, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).


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