Euro Membership and Fiscal Reaction Functions
AbstractUsing fiscal reaction functions for a panel of actual euro-area countries the paper investigates whether euro membership has reduced the responsiveness of countries to increases in the level of inherited debt compared to the period prior to succession to the euro. While we find some evidence for such a loss in prudence, the results are not robust to changes in the specification, as for example an exclusion of Greece from the panel. This suggests that the current debt problems may result to a large extent from pre-existing debt levels prior to entry or from a larger need for fiscal prudence in a common currency, while an adverse change in the fiscal reaction functions for most countries does not apply. --
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- Weichenrieder, Alfons J. & Zimmer, Jochen, 2013. "Euro membership and fiscal reaction functions," SAFE Working Paper Series 18, Research Center SAFE - Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe, Goethe University Frankfurt.
- Alfons Weichenrieder & Jochen Zimmer, 2013. "Euro Membership and Fiscal Reaction Functions," CESifo Working Paper Series 4255, CESifo Group Munich.
- H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus
- E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
- H69 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Other
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