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Is There a Debt-Threshold Effect on Output Growth?

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  • Alexander Chudik

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Kamiar Mohaddes

    (Faculty of Economics and Girton College, University of Cambridge UK)

  • M. Hashem Pesaran

    (USC Dornsife INET, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, USA and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK)

  • Mehdi Raissi

    (International Monetary Fund)

Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between public debt expansion and economic growth and investigates whether the debt-growth relation varies with the level of indebtedness. We contribute theoretically by developing tests for threshold effects in the context of dynamic heterogeneous panel data models with cross-sectionally dependent errors. In the empirical application, using data on a sample of forty countries over the 1965–2010 period, we find no evidence for a universally applicable threshold effect in the relationship between public debt and economic growth. Regardless of the threshold, however, we find significant negative effects of public debt buildup on output growth.

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  • Alexander Chudik & Kamiar Mohaddes & M. Hashem Pesaran & Mehdi Raissi, 2017. "Is There a Debt-Threshold Effect on Output Growth?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 99(1), pages 135-150, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:99:y:2017:i:1:p:135-150
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    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy; Modern Monetary Theory
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General

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