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Modelling the Fiscal Reaction Functions of the GIPS based on State-Varying Thresholds

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  • Gabriella Legrenzi

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    (Keele University, UK; CESifo, Germany; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

  • Costas Milas

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    (Liverpool University, UK; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

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We extend previous literature on fiscal policy sustainability by introducing non-linear fiscal reaction functions with endogenously estimated state-varying thresholds to capture the behaviour of fiscal policy authorities during “good” and “bad” times. These thresholds vary with the level of debt, the economic cycle and an index of financial pressure.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 16_13.

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Keywords: Debt sustainability; fiscal reaction function; state-varying threshold;

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