Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100301
Authors: 
Born, Benjamin
Müller, Gernot
Pfeifer, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2014: Evidenzbasierte Wirtschaftspolitik - Session: Austerity D19-V3
Abstract: 
Austerity measures are frequently enacted when the sustainability of public finances is in doubt. Such doubts are reflected in high sovereign yield spreads and put further strain on government finances. Is austerity successful in restoring market confidence, bringing about a reduction in yield spreads? We employ a new panel data set which contains sovereign yield spreads for 26 emerging and advanced economies and estimate the effects of cuts of government consumption on yield spreads and economic activity. The conditions under which austerity takes place are crucial. During times of fiscal stress, spreads rise in response to the spending cuts, at least in the short-run. In contrast, austerity pays off, if conditions are more benign.
Subjects: 
fiscal policy
austerity
sovereign risk
yield spreads
confidence
panel VAR
local projections
JEL: 
E62
E32
E60
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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