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The Accumulation of Public Debt in Canada

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  • Ron Kneebone
  • John Leach

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Pierre Fortin's analysis of the causes of the increase in Canada's debt-to-output ratio is reconsidered. We find that the analysis hinges upon a number of supplementary decisions, and that reasonable choices give rise to results strikingly different from those obtained by Fortin. We also extend Fortin's analysis to examine the causes of debt accumulation by level of government. This exercise shows that the causes of debt accumulation are very different at the federal and subnational levels.

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  • Ron Kneebone & John Leach, 2001. "The Accumulation of Public Debt in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 27(3), pages 297-312, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:27:y:2001:i:3:p:297-312
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    1. Ronald D. Kneebone & Kenneth J. McKenzie, 1999. "The Characteristics of Fiscal Policy in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(4), pages 483-501, December.
    2. Charles Freedman & Tiff Macklem, 1998. "A Comment on "The Great Canadian Slump"," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 31(3), pages 646-665, August.
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    4. Pierre Fortin, 1999. "The great Canadian slump: a rejoinder to Freedman and Macklem," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 32(4), pages 1082-1092, August.
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