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An Argument for Paying Down Public Debt

By Vitor Gaspar and Julio Escolano

What should governments do about high public debt-to-GDP ratios?  This question is getting much-deserved attention. Let’s abstract from macroeconomic (business cycle) considerations and look at the issue purely from an optimal tax smoothing perspective—that is, weighing the cost and benefits of raising taxes to pay down debt. 745 more words

International Monetary Fund

30 May 2016 (AFR) - Alarm over debt to GDP ratio; Australia's debt problem looks worse than China's, says Morgan Stanley

(30 May 2016, AFR, p4, by Jacob Greber)

‘Ballooning government and household debt has failed to produce a meaningful economic growth dividend and is increasing risks to the economy, according to damning research by Morgan Stanley that lends support to Labor’s push to dump negative gearing. 66 more words

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Is PNG Bankrupt

By Jonny Andrews

Recently, commentators on social media have been preaching doomsday on Papua New Guinea and comparing it to a ‘Greece-like economy,’ which will be declared bankrupt. 256 more words


IMF: Ghana likely to end year with 74% debt-to-GDP ratio

Government will end the year with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 74.1 percent, according to the new Fiscal Monitor report released by the IMF in Washington DC. 397 more words


‘Skyrocketing’ debt at state firms among biggest challenges facing China’s economy

By Wedny Wu
South China Morning Post

UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, 10:21pm


Li Yang, former deputy-director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said China’s new financial oversight regime may be finalised in months. 399 more words

Liberal deficits could hit $25 billion but still remain on new target

OTTAWA – Now that the federal Liberals have shied away from their vow to keep annual deficits under $10 billion, they’ve latched on to another fiscal target – and this one will be much easier to meet. 882 more words


Africa's crippling 20th Century debt trap could be on its way back

Amidst reports of the downturn in commodity prices and the effect of China’s slowdown on Africa, there’s another dent to the “Africa Rising” mantra: the rising levels of government debt in African countries. 553 more words