A segmented trend model to assess fiscal sustainability: The US experience 1929–2009
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Abeysinghe, T. & Jayawickrama, A. Empir Econ (2013) 44: 1129. doi:10.1007/s00181-012-0584-2
- 197 Downloads
The academic literature has focused largely on testing for long-run fiscal sustainability. In this exercise we formulate a flexible regression model that can be used to assess the sustainability of a more recent build-up of fiscal deficits and debt that would be of major concern to policy makers. The analysis of US data shows that, after adjusting for some fundamentals, the gross Federal debt–income ratio has been growing at an unsustainable rate of 4 % per year since 2007. The net debt–income ratio does not show such a significant trend. Since not all government assets are readily available to reduce debt, significant positive trends in the gross debt–income ratio calls for policy actions.