P. C. Padoan: Public Debt Reduction in Uncertain Times – With a View to Europe
We live in uncertain times both economically - growth remains weak, especially in the fundamentals - and in the policy response and from the point of view of governance, both nationally and globally.
Public debt remains a source of fragility for many countries. Private debt also, in some countries. Putting debt/GDP over a declining path remains imperative to reduce fragility.
While this topic has been subject to scrutiny for quite a long time, I will consider some additional longer-term determinants of debt dynamics that have gained relevance recently and relate them to broad uncertainty.