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Analysis of The Seeds of Debt Crisis in Europe


  • Haluk Yener

    () (Department of Business Administration, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)

  • Thanasis Stengos

    () (Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

  • M. Ege Yazgan

    () (Department of Economics, Kadir Has University, Turkey, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)


The paper involves the analysis of the seeds of the recent debt crisis that occurred in the Eurozone area. For the analysis we use the model of Fleming and Stein (2004). This model has two risk drivers arising from uncertainties in the return on capital and the effective rate of return on net foreign assets. Given the risk drivers, we model the net worth value process of an economy under a stochastic setting and show that opening to the rest of the world by pursuing the growth maximizing leverage strategy is better than remaining closed as that strategy enhances the growth of the net worth process. Second, we provide an extra condition to show when the excessive leverage poses threat to the sustainable growth of an economy. This condition allows us to improve upon the predictive ability of the model introduced by Fleming and Stein (2004).

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  • Haluk Yener & Thanasis Stengos & M. Ege Yazgan, 2014. "Analysis of The Seeds of Debt Crisis in Europe," Working Paper series 24_14, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:24_14

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