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Debt-sharing and Secession: A Generational Accounting Approach

Philippe Cattoir and Frédéric Docquier ()

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Abstract: This paper investigates one of the most important financial issues arising from a secession or a country partitioning namely the sharing of the national public debt. Extending Drèze's distributive neutrality condition, we use the generational accounting technique and propose a dynamic debt-sharing criterion which takes into account both the true debt future generations inherit and their contributive capacity. The equivalence with Drèze's static rule is only obtained on the balanced growth path, and in the absence of initial regional debt. An application of our criterion to the Belgian case offers striking results. © 2004 Regional Studies Association.

Date: 2004
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Published in: Regional studies (2004) v.38 n° 3,p.293-303

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