Is there a tipping point for public indebtedness beyond which growth drops off significantly; and does a build-up of public debt slow the economy in the long run? This column reports the results of an empirical analysis of these questions for 40 advanced and developing economies over nearly half a century.
Mohammad Hashem PesaranUniversity of Southern California
Mohammad Hashem Pesaran is the John Elliot distinguished chair and professor of economics at University of Southern California and the director of the USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is also an emeritus professor of economics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.