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Exploring Risk-Adjusted Fiscal Sustainability Analysis for Asian Economies

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  • Kopits, George

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    (Woodrow Wilson International)

  • Ferrarini, Benno

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    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Ramayandi, Arief

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    (Asian Development Bank)

The paper explores risk-based fiscal analytical approaches to complement a standard debt sustainability analysis when applied under conditions of risk and uncertainty. To outline a possible road map for risk-adjusted fiscal sustainability analysis, the paper first examines the types of vulnerability faced by different emerging economies in Asia and reviews a range of stochastic methods that attempt to explicitly incorporate risk in their analysis. Drawing on international experience, we note that the usefulness of applying a stochastic approach hinges on policy makers’ capacity to identify the sources and extent of risks in assessing fiscal sustainability, which should then allow them to simulate the impact of a hypothetical corrective action on the baseline trajectory of debt or net worth and on its stochastic distribution, including fat-tail risks of default.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series ADB Economics Working Paper Series with number 483.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 13 May 2016
Handle: RePEc:ris:adbewp:0483
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