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Real time uncertainty in fiscal planning and debt accumulation in the euro area

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  • Maritta Paloviita

    (Bank of Finland, Monetary Policy and Research)

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Using real time data from the OECD this study explores euro area fiscal policies since the late 1990s. The results indicate that in the so-called periphery countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) ex ante fiscal plans have been more sensitive to economic cycles in the countercyclical direction than in the other euro area countries. Accumulated debt ratios in the periphery reflect high initial debt ratios, underlying deficit biases and cumulated errors in the data on macroeconomic imbalances. Overall, reliable statistics, balanced macroeconomic developments and longer-term policy orientation are crucial for sound and sustainable public finances.

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  • Maritta Paloviita, 2017. "Real time uncertainty in fiscal planning and debt accumulation in the euro area," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 43-59, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:iecepo:v:14:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s10368-015-0319-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s10368-015-0319-x
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    Keywords

    Fiscal policy; Debt accumulation; Real time data; Cyclical sensitivity; Economic crisis;
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    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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