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Should we care for structural breaks when assessing fiscal sustainability?

  • António Afonso
  • Christophe Rault


We apply recent panel cointegration methods to a structural equation between government expenditure and revenue. Allowing for multiple endogenous breaks and after computing appropriate bootstrap critical values, we conclude for fiscal sustainability in the overall EU15 panel.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp902.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2008
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