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A Simple Fiscal Stress Testing Model: Case Studies of Austrian, Czech and German Economies

  • Ondra Kamenik
  • Zdenek Tuma
  • David Vavra
  • Zuzana Smidova

This paper develops a simple model-based framework for stress testing fiscal consolidation strategies under different scenarios of future shocks. A baseline scenario assuming a gradual debt consolidation is presented and by assuming different future developments (e.g. lower potential growth) and/or model specification in terms of a fiscal rule confidence bands around the baseline are obtained. Trade-offs between costs and benefits are evaluated, in terms of cumulative output loss and primary surpluses, as well as political difficulty of fiscal strategies and risk of failed consolidation. The model is applied to Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. This working paper relates to the 2013 OECD Economic Surveys of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. ( Un modèle de simulation simple de crise budgétaire - études de cas des économies autrichienne, allemande et tchèque Ce document de travail présente un modèle simple permettant de tester des stratégies de consolidation budgétaire face à différents scénarios de chocs futurs. Le scénario de référence suppose une consolidation progressive de la dette et présente différentes évolutions futures (exemple : potentiel de croissance inférieur) et /ou une spécification du modèle sous la forme de bandes de confiance des règles budgétaires autour du scénario de référence. Ce document évalue les compromis entre les coûts et les avantages en termes de perte cumulative de production et d’excédents primaires ainsi que la difficulté d’application des stratégies budgétaires d’un point de vue politique et le risque d’échec de la consolidation budgétaire. Le modèle est appliqué à l’Autriche, la République tchèque et l’Allemagne. Ce document de travail a trait aux Etudes Economiques de l’OCDE de l’Autriche, de la République tchèque et de l’Allemagne, 2013.(

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1074-en
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