Public debt and financial sustainability of the italian public finances

Author/s Federico Pica, Salvatore Villani
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/107 Language English
Pages 30 P. 5-34 File size 615 KB
DOI 10.3280/STE2012-107001
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The analysis presented in this paper deals with two main issues: the one of debt sustainability, meant in the particular acceptation proposed in this article, and the one of the effects of debt decumulation for the various territorial communities, in particular for the weak areas of Italy (Mezzogiorno). The proposed analysis aims at showing some possible outcomes of the current economic crisis. Four hypotheses, concerning various kinds of constraints regulating the variation over time of the debt amount, are proposed: the zero (or constant) debt hypothesis, the invariance of GDP-debt ratio, the hypothesis of a ceiling on public debt and, lastly, the case of a programmed path of public debt reduction (the Fiscal Compact). In the best case proposed (the zero debt hypothesis), the results prefigure a prognosis of stagnation, which is more serious for the enterprises and the families of the Mezzogiorno than for the rest of Italy. .

Keywords: Sovereign Debt Sustainability, State and Local Budget and Expenditures, Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects, State and Local Borrowing

Jel codes: H63, H72, H73, H74

Federico Pica, Salvatore Villani, Public debt and financial sustainability of the italian public finances in "STUDI ECONOMICI " 107/2012, pp 5-34, DOI: 10.3280/STE2012-107001