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Defence Spending and Sovereign Debt in Greece: A Long-Term Historical Perspective

Christos Kollias, Michel Zouboulakis () and Paleologou Suzanna-Maria ()
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Paleologou Suzanna-Maria: Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, 2021, vol. 27, issue 4, 531-548

Abstract: The paper sets out to examine the military spending-public debt nexus in the case of Greece. Unlike previous studies that exclusively focus their analyses in the post-WWII period, the empirical investigation conducted herein covers almost the entire two hundred years of the modern Greek state. The estimations using an ARDL framework cover the period 1848–2018 as well as sub-periods therein. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper to approach this issue in the case of Greece with such a long-term perspective. In broad terms, the findings do not unearth a statistically traceable effect of defence expenditures on public debt accumulation. The results indicate that this was very much driven by debt dynamics and the need to draw funds to service existing loans. This finding is consistent across both the entire period under scrutiny here as well as the various sub-periods.

Keywords: public debt; Greece; military spending; ARDL (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1515/peps-2021-0020

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