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Empirical Assessment of Sustainability and Feasibility of Government Debt: The Philippines Case

  • Duo Qin

    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Marie Anne Cagas

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Geoffrey Ducanes

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Nedelyn Magtibay-Ramos

    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Pilipinas F. Quising

    (Asian Development Bank)

This paper develops empirical methods of assessing the sustainability and feasibility of public debt using the No Ponzi Game criterion, using the Philippines as the testing case. Both historical data and forecasts generated by a quarterly macro-econometric model are used in the assessment. Stochastic simulations are carried out to mimic future uncertainty. The test results show that, up to the end of the present administration in 2010, the Philippine government debt is not sustainable but weakly feasible, that the feasibility is vulnerable to major adverse shocks, and that simple budgetary deficit control policy is inadequate for achieving debt sustainability or strengthening feasibility.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 527.

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