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Title:Sustainability of national debt in Europe: why it matters in the EMU and how it is assessed PDF Logo
Authors:Heinemann, Friedrich
Issue Date:1992
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 92-02
Abstract:There are at least two reasons why sustainability of public debt is an issue of increasing importance. First, public choice considerations show the danger of an excessive use of deficit finance in a democracy. Second, the conditions of a European Monetary Union (EMU) imply further incentives for deficit finance. Various approaches to assess sustainability of public debt are presented and partially applied to the EC countries. According to these results, sustainability is as issue of empirical relevance in Europe today and has to be taken seriously on the further way to EMU.
Document Type:Working Paper
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