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Further investigation into the sustainability of the brazilian federal domestic debt


  • Viviane Luporini



This paper investigates the sustainability of the Brazilian federal domestic debt using quarterly data from 1981 to 1998. A debt is considered sustainable if the government's budget is intertemporally balanced. Sustainability is tested through the mean-zero stationarity of the discounted debt/GDP ratio with standard unit root tests and the null hypothesis of stationarity. The results indicate that the federal domestic debt have assumed an unsustainable path during the period studied and that the government may indeed have an incentive to reestructure its debt.

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  • Viviane Luporini, 2000. "Further investigation into the sustainability of the brazilian federal domestic debt," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td131, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdp:texdis:td131

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    Federal debt; fiscal consolidation; Brazil;

    JEL classification:

    • B11 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Preclassical (Ancient, Medieval, Mercantilist, Physiocratic)
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General


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