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Does sovereign debt weaken economic growth? A panel VAR analysis

  • Lof, Matthijs
  • Malinen, Tuomas

We estimate panel vector autoregressions to analyze the highly disputed relationship between sovereign debt and economic growth. Using data on 20 developed countries, we find no evidence for a robust effect of debt on growth, even for higher levels of debt. We do find a significant negative reverse effect of growth on debt, which explains the negative correlation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 122 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 403-407

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:122:y:2014:i:3:p:403-407
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.12.037
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