Debate over the impact of government debt on an economy continues in the wake of the Great Recession. Public-sector borrowing can fund fiscal expansions that are designed to drive consumption and growth, but that debt also can dampen private-sector investment and harm growth in the long run. Economist Edgar Vogel of the European Central Bank makes an important new contribution to the research on ideal sovereign debt levels. getAbstract recommends his report, despite its rather dense and theoretical delivery, for its realistic modeling of the effects of government debt on economic welfare.
In this summary, you will learn
- How public-sector debt levels influence economic welfare,
- Why governments should accumulate assets, and
- Who stands to benefit and lose with lower public debt levels.
About the Author
Edgar Vogel is an economist at the European Central Bank.