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COVID-19 crisis and the public debt issue:The case of Italy

Schilirò, Daniele (2020): COVID-19 crisis and the public debt issue:The case of Italy. Published in: International Journal of Business Management and Economic Research , Vol. 11, No. 4 (November 2020): pp. 1851-1860.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left the global economy with severe health damage, losses of life and a sharp recession. In addition, it has resulted in a rise of public debts, heightening the tension between meeting major policy goals, growth, employment, health system, environment and containing debt vulnerabilities. This paper examines the literature regarding the debt–growth nexus and the issue of debt sustainability. In particular, it highlights the evidence of some empirical literature showing that high public debt hampers growth, and that countries with high public debt are vulnerable to adverse shocks. In addition, the paper focuses on the case of Italy, a country characterized by a high public debt, low growth and other economic weaknesses, with the purpose to claim a strategy and indicate policy measures.

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