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Description - In Defense of Public Debt by Barry Eichengreen

A dive into the origins, management, and uses and misuses of sovereign debt through the ages.Public debts have exploded to levels unprecedented in modern history as governments responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. Their dramatic rise has prompted apocalyptic warnings about the dangers of heavy debtsDLabout the drag they will place on economic growth and the burden they represent for future
generations. In Defense of Public Debt offers a sharp rejoinder to this view, marshaling the entire history of state-issued public debt to demonstrate its usefulness. Authors Barry Eichengreen, Asmaa
El-Ganainy, Rui Esteves, and Kris James Mitchener argue that the ability of governments to issue debt has played a critical role in addressing emergenciesDLfrom wars and pandemics to economic and financial crises, as well as in funding essential public goods and services such as transportation, education, and healthcare. In these ways, the capacity to issue debt has been integral to state building and state survival. Transactions in public debt securities have also contributed to the
development of private financial markets and, through this channel, to modern economic growth.None of this is to deny that debt problems, debt crises, and debt defaults occur. But these
dramatic events, which attract much attention, are not the entire story. In Defense of Public Debt redresses the balance. The authors develop their arguments historically, recounting two millennia of public debt experience. They deploy a comprehensive database to identify the factors behind rising public debts and the circumstances under which high debts are successfully stabilized and brought down. Finally, they bring the story up to date, describing the role of public debt in
managing the Covid-19 pandemic and recession, suggesting a way forward once governmentsDLnow more heavily indebted than beforeDLfinally emerge from the crisis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780197577899
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2021
Country of Publication: United States

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