Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229952
Authors: 
Breuer, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Policy Paper No. 131
Abstract: 
The COVID-19 crisis has caused public debt to increase dramatically, which is why the German and European fiscal rules are currently suspended. In addition to the new assessment of the fiscal costs at low interest rates (r < g), the discussion on the reintroduction of fiscal rules in Germany and Europe should take into account the function of government bonds as a safe asset and an instrument to combat the liquidity trap as well as the net return on productive government investments. For practical reasons, the return to the classic Golden Rule, which aims to limit net debt and promote government investment in the interest of future generations, is recommendable.
Subjects: 
Government Debt
Fiscal Rules
Low Interest Rates
JEL: 
E62
H56
H63
Document Type: 
Research Report

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