22. oktober 2013

David Dreyer Lassen publishes paper in Journal of Public Economics

The paper, co-authored with Asger Lau Andersen and Lasse Holbøll Westh Nielsen, analyzes how a key component of fiscal governance, the ability of governments to pass a budget on time, affects government bond yield spreads. Based on a sample of 36 US states from 1988 to 1997, and using an original data set on budget enactment dates, the estimates suggest that a 30 day budget delay has a cumulative impact that is equivalent to a one-time increase in the yield spread of around 10 basis points. States with sufficient liquidity incur no costs from late budgets, while unified governments face large penalties from not finishing a budget on time.