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A Suggested New Approach to the Measurement and Reporting of Gross Short- Term Borrowing Operations by Governments

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  • Hans J. Blommestein
  • Ove Sten Jensen
  • Thomas Olofsson

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As part of its Borrowing Outlook, the OECD estimates gross short– term government borrowing requirements. The article concludes that all methods for measuring short-term borrowing needs studied here – except one – provide either significantly underestimated or substantially overestimated measures. The article therefore suggests adopting the following measure: Gross Short-Term Marketable Borrowing Requirements is equal to Net Short-Term Borrowing Requirements plus the outstanding amount of the stock of short-term instruments. This new measure (referred to as Method 2 in the study) yields, in principle, meaningful estimates, comparable across different countries. JEL Classification: G15, G18, H63, H68. Keywords: measuring gross short-term borrowing requirements, debt

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  • Hans J. Blommestein & Ove Sten Jensen & Thomas Olofsson, 2010. "A Suggested New Approach to the Measurement and Reporting of Gross Short- Term Borrowing Operations by Governments," OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends, OECD Publishing, vol. 2010(1), pages 171-179.
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    JEL classification:

    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt
    • H68 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Forecasts of Budgets, Deficits, and Debt

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