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A New Structure for U.S. Federal Debt

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This paper proposes a new structure for U.S. Federal debt. It argues that all debt should be perpetual, paying coupons forever with no principal payment. The paper introduces six financing options and argues for their creation in order to protect against future fiscal or monetary shocks.

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  • John H. Cochrane, 2015. "A New Structure for U.S. Federal Debt," Economics Working Papers 15108, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
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