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Public Debt, Human Capital Formation, and Dynamic Inefficiency


  • Berthold Wigger



The present paper considers public debt in an economy where human capital formation sustains long-run per capita income growth. It shows that contrary to what has been obtained in other types of endogenous growth economies public debt may benefit current and future generations by removing dynamic inefficiency. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Berthold Wigger, 2005. "Public Debt, Human Capital Formation, and Dynamic Inefficiency," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 12(1), pages 47-59, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:12:y:2005:i:1:p:47-59 DOI: 10.1007/s10797-005-6394-0

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    1. Wigger, Berthold U., 2009. "A note on public debt, tax-exempt bonds, and Ponzi games," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 492-499, September.

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