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Title: Financial Globalization, Inequality, and the Raising of Public Debt

Author(s): Marina Azzimonti, Eva de Francisco and Vincenzo Quadrini

Publication Date: September 2012

Keyword(s): Financial integration, Government debt and Income inequality

Programme Area(s): International Macroeconomics

Abstract: During the last three decades, the stock of government debt has increased in most developed countries. During the same period, we also observe a significant liberalization of international financial markets and an increase in income inequality in several industrialized countries. In this paper we propose a multicountry political economy model with incomplete markets and endogenous government borrowing and show that governments choose higher levels of public debt when financial markets become internationally integrated and inequality increases. We also conduct an empirical analysis using OECD data and find that the predictions of the theoretical model are supported by the empirical results.

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Azzimonti, M, de Francisco, E and Quadrini, V. 2012. 'Financial Globalization, Inequality, and the Raising of Public Debt'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.