Why hasn’t Japan’s massive government debt wreaked havoc (yet)?

Charles Yuji Horioka, Takaaki Nomoto, Akiko Terada-Hagiwara 21 January 2014

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The potential sovereign debt crisis in Japan looks even grimmer than those in the Eurozone economies if one looks only at the gross general government debt-to-GDP ratio. According to the OECD, this ratio ranged from 90 to 166% in some developed economies in 2012 (“only” 166% in Greece, 140% in Italy, 139% in Portugal, 123% in Ireland, and 91% in Spain—collectively referred to as the PIIGS economies) but was a full 219% in Japan in the same year.

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Topics:  Financial markets International finance

Tags:  sovereign debt, fiscal sustainability

Why fiscal sustainability matters

Willem Buiter 10 January 2014

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Does fiscal sustainability matter only when there is a fiscal house on fire, as was the case with the Greek sovereign insolvency in 2011–12? Far from it.

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Topics:  Financial markets Global crisis International finance Macroeconomic policy

Tags:  eurozone, sovereign debt, capital flows, financial crisis, credit booms, fiscal policy, emerging markets, global financial crisis, banking, banks, Eurozone crisis, Currency wars, fiscal sustainability, banking union, sovereign debt restructuring, balance-sheet recession

Greece and the fiscal crisis in the Eurozone

Willem Buiter, Ebrahim Rahbari,

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Tue, 10/12/2010

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Greece and the fiscal crisis in the Eurozone

The Editors 12 October 2010

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The saga of the Greek public finances continues. But this time, Greece is not the only country that suffers from doubts about the sustainability of its fiscal position. Quite the contrary. The public finances of most countries in the Eurozone are in a worse state today than at any time since the industrial revolution, except for wartime episodes and their immediate aftermaths. And the problems are not confined to the Eurozone, extending to other EU member states, like the UK and Hungary, Japan, and the US.

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Topics:  Macroeconomic policy

Tags:  eurozone, bail-out, sovereign default, fiscal sustainability

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