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Government debt dynamics and the global financial crisis: Has anything changed in the EA12?

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  • Cuestas, Juan Carlos
  • Gil-Alana, Luis A.
  • Staehr, Karsten

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This paper seeks to shed light on possible changes in the government debt dynamics for the first 12 euro area countries. Structural breaks are present around the global financial crisis for most countries, but not for Germany and France, the two core countries in the euro area. The properties of the government debt dynamics differ markedly across the countries receiving bailouts.

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  • Cuestas, Juan Carlos & Gil-Alana, Luis A. & Staehr, Karsten, 2014. "Government debt dynamics and the global financial crisis: Has anything changed in the EA12?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(1), pages 64-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:124:y:2014:i:1:p:64-66
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.04.014
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    Structural breaks; Debt stock; EU;
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    JEL classification:

    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents

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