Shipman, Arthur F. (2012): Measuring the erosion of debt.

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Abstract
The calculation used for the inflationadjustment of debt often produces incorrect results. With Debt and GDP adjusted by the same calculation and for the same inflation, the Debt/GDP ratio after adjustment must be equal to the ratio before adjustment. A graph comparing the ratio of nominals to the ratio of reals would show them to be identical. Such a graph will show no erosion of debt. But this is absurd. Instead, let each year's addition to debt be adjusted for inflation separately. Then the ratio of reals will run higher than the ratio of nominals, and will react to changes in inflation. It is a simple matter, then, to measure the erosion of debt.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Measuring the erosion of debt 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  debt; inflation; erosion 
Subjects:  C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C0  General > C00  General C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6  Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C65  Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools 
Item ID:  40696 
Depositing User:  Art Shipman 
Date Deposited:  16. Aug 2012 12:27 
Last Modified:  12. Feb 2013 22:42 
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URI:  http://mpra.ub.unimuenchen.de/id/eprint/40696 