Born, Benjamin Müller, Gernot J. Pfeifer, Johannes
Year of Publication:
SAFE Working Paper Series 77
Policy makers often implement austerity measures when the sustainability of public finances is in doubt and, hence, sovereign yield spreads are high. Is austerity successful in bringing about a reduction in yield spreads? We employ a new panel data set which contains sovereign yield spreads for 31 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.
austerity confidence fiscal policy fiscal stress local projections panel VAR sovereign risk yield spreads