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On the Sustainability of Budget Deficits in the Euro Area

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  • Shigeyuki Hamori

    () (Kobe University)

  • Naoko Hamori

    () (University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences)

Abstract

We empirically examined the issue of budget sustainability for 11 euro area countries. Empirical analyses using non-stationary panel data analysis rejected, with statistical significance, the possibility of fiscal collapse in euro area countries during the period 1999 to 2005. This supports the notion that fiscal discipline rules are functioning and individual countries' fiscal deficits are steadily shrinking.

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  • Shigeyuki Hamori & Naoko Hamori, 2009. "On the Sustainability of Budget Deficits in the Euro Area," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(1), pages 56-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08e60017
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    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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