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Market-Based Fiscal Discipline in Monetary Unions: Evidence From the U.S. Municipal Bond Market

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  • Mr. Morris Goldstein
  • Geoffrey Woglom

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The concept of market-based fiscal discipline posits that a government which runs persistent, excessive fiscal deficits will face an increased cost of borrowing and eventually, a reduced availability of credit, and that these market actions will provide an incentive to correct irresponsible fiscal behavior. This paper presents new empirical evidence on market-based fiscal discipline by estimating the relationship between the cost of borrowing and fiscal policy behavior across U.S. states. We find that U.S. states which have followed more prudent fiscal policies are perceived by the market as having lower default risk and are therefore able to reap the benefit of lower borrowing costs.

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  • Mr. Morris Goldstein & Geoffrey Woglom, 1991. "Market-Based Fiscal Discipline in Monetary Unions: Evidence From the U.S. Municipal Bond Market," IMF Working Papers 1991/089, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:1991/089
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    Keywords

    WP; default risk; debt variable; market yield; trend debt growth; debt stock; supply curve; yield spread; default premium; simultaneity issue; expected return; promised yield; specification issue; Debt default; Bonds; Municipal bonds; Government asset and liability management; Europe;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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