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CONTROVERSIAL AUSTERITY: DOES REDUCING THE DEFICIT ACTUALLY HELP GROWTH?

by Pronove, Felix Ricardo

Abstract

There has been a significant examination of debt levels and their impact on economic growth. With the successful reduction of debt in Canada in the 1990s and Greece experiencing crippling debt levels in the 2010s, debt still plays a major role when nations enact financial policies. In this study, I examine the relationship between debt and economic growth by answering two questions; 1. Does high debt impact economic growth? 2. Does austerity really promote growth? By examining panel data from 34 OECD countries over 65 years, I find that high debt does, in fact, reduce economic growth. However, reducing the government deficit levels doesn’t result in larger growth. Overall, it seems that efforts to reduce debt levels will promote growth, but reducing deficit levels isn’t the best tool to do so.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:17616
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
56 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kapuria-Foreman, Vibha
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2015-12