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Optimal Debt Management in a Liquidity Trap

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  • Romanos Priftis

    (European Commission)

  • Rigas Oikonomou

    (Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Hafedh Bouakez

    (HEC Montreal)

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We study optimal debt management in the face of shocks that can drive the economy into a liquidity trap and call for an increase in public spending in order to mitigate the resulting recession. Our approach follows the literature of macroeconomic models of debt management, which we extend to the case where the zero lower bound on the short-term interest rate may bind. We wish to identify the conditions under which removing long-maturity government debt from the secondary market can be an optimal policy outcome. We show that the optimal debt-management strategy is to issue short-term debt if the government faces a sizable exogenous increase in public spending and if its initial liability is not very large. In this case, our results run against the standard prescription of the debt-management literature. In contrast, if the initial debt level is high, then issuing long term government bonds is optimal. Finding the portfolios requires to solve the model using global numerical approximation methods. As a methodological contribution, we propose numerical procedures within the class of parameterized expectations algorithms (PEA) to solve the nonlinear model subject to the zero lower bound.

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  • Romanos Priftis & Rigas Oikonomou & Hafedh Bouakez, 2017. "Optimal Debt Management in a Liquidity Trap," 2017 Meeting Papers 1316, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt

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