Assessing Fiscal Sustainability With Alternative Methodologies
This paper applies and analyzes three alternative methodologies to assess fiscal sustainability of the central government´s debt, using as illustrative examples the cases of Colombia and Costa Rica: The IMF´s (2003 a); the Mendoza & Oviedo´s (2003); and a new methodology that incorporates the effects of the structural and cyclical components of output, government expenditures, and revenues, on the evolution of debt, with a particular indicator of debt sustainability based on the structural components, as long as the cyclical component of debt balances out along the full cycle. In addition, a methodology to estimate the probability of default of debt and to treat the interest rate as a function of that probability is developed and applied. The common characteristic of the three approaches is the explicit incorporation of uncertainty about the behavior of the variables determining the evolution of the government´s debt, and the formulation of specific indicators that capture the effect of volatility in the economy, as well as their incidence on fiscal and financial variables. In addition, the three methodologies applied use specific procedures to estimate the expected value of the relevant variables. The results, particularly those expressed in terms of the probabilities of default, constitute useful analytical tools for policy makers to foresee the wideness of the period available to undertake corrective fiscal policies, which are explicitly characterized along the paper.
Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 46-1 (December)
|Contact details of provider:|| |
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Humberto Mora A., 2002. "Sostenibilidad de la deuda del gobierno en los países miembros del FLAR," COYUNTURA ECONÓMICA, FEDESARROLLO, December.
- World Bank, 2003. "Brazil : Stability for Growth and Poverty Reduction," World Bank Other Operational Studies 14881, The World Bank.
- P. Marcelo Oviedo & Enrique Mendoza, 2004. "Public Debt, Fiscal Solvency, and Macroeconomic Uncertainty in Emerging Markets: The Tale of the Tormented Insurer," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 647, Econometric Society.
- Ernesto Talvi & Carlos A. Végh, 1998. "Fiscal Policy Sustainability: A Basic Framework," Research Department Publications 3070, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
- Jonathan Eaton & Mark Gersovitz, 1981. "Debt with Potential Repudiation: Theoretical and Empirical Analysis," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 48(2), pages 289-309.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000107:002030. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Espe)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.