Debt sustainability in historical perspective: The role of fiscal repression
Hans-Joachim Voth and
Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
This article examines the debt history of two contenders for European hegemony: 16th-century Spain and 18th-century Britain. We analyze their fiscal behavior using measures of overborrowing and fiscal policy functions. Our results suggest that stringency was not key for Britain’s success in avoiding default. Instead, fiscal repression allowed the United Kingdom to borrow at below-market rates, thereby outspending its continental rivals.
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Journal Article: Debt Sustainability in Historical Perspective: The Role of Fiscal Repression (2008)
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