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Debt Sustainability and Financial Crises: Evidence from the GIIPS

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  • Gabriella Legrenzi

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

  • Costas Milas

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    (University of Liverpool, UK; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy; Eranistis.gr, Greece)

Abstract

We assess the sustainability of the public finances of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain (GIIPS), allowing for possible non-linearities in the form of threshold behaviour of the fiscal authorities. We provide some evidence of fiscal sustainability when debt gets “too high” relative to a threshold which is not necessarily fixed but varies with the level of debt relative to its recent history and/or the occurrence of a financial crisis.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 42_11.

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  1. Aviral Kumar Tiwari, 2012. "Debt Sustainability in India: Empirical Evidence Estimating Time-Varying Parameters," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(2), pages 1133-1141.
  2. António Afonso & João Tovar Jalles, 2012. "Revisiting fiscal sustainability: panel cointegration and structural breaks in OECD countries," Working Papers Department of Economics 2012/29, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
  3. Leroi Raputsoane and Ruthira Naraidoo, 2014. "Debt sustainability and financial crises in South Africa," Working Papers 403, Economic Research Southern Africa.

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