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Fiscal shocks and budget balance persistence in the EU countries from Central and Eastern Europe

  • Juan Carlos Cuestas
  • Karsten Staehr

This article analyses the time series properties of the fiscal balance in the 10 EU countries from Central and Eastern Europe. The persistence of the fiscal balance is analysed by means of unit root tests that account for possible nonlinearities and structural changes. The linear and nonlinear unit root tests find only mild evidence in favour of the stationarity hypothesis, with asymmetric effects present in a few cases. After controlling for structural changes in the Data Generation Processes (DGPs), the results point to stationarity of the series. Thus, in spite of relatively steady headline figures, the budget balance processes in the EU countries from Central and Eastern Europe exhibit substantial instability.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2013)
Issue (Month): 22 (August)
Pages: 3211-3219

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DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2012.703316
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