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Threshold Effects in the US Budget Deficit

  • Philip Arestis

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    (University of Cambridge - Department of Land Economy)

  • Andrea Cipollini

    ()

    (Queen Mary, University of London - Department of Economics)

  • Bassam Fattouh

    ()

    (University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS))

We contribute to the debate on whether the US large federal budget deficits are sustainable in the long run. We model the US government deficit per capita as a threshold autoregressive process. We find evidence that the US budget deficit is sustainable in the long run and that economic policymakers will only intervene to reduce per capita deficit when it reaches a certain threshold.

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Date of creation: 23 May 2003
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