Public debt: threat or opportunity?

Authored by Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley), and Ugo Panizza (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

This CORE Insight is an introduction to the historical origins and economic analysis of public debt. It helps students to understand the connections between debt and deficits, analyze debt sustainability, and consider the economic and political challenges of public debt management.

This Insight includes CORE’s standard student learning activities, for example:

  • interactive questions to test understanding (with feedback on correct and incorrect answers),
  • data exploration and visualization,
  • report writing, and
  • suggestions for further research.

Activities can be selected to meet the needs of audiences with different levels of prior learning in economics. Links to CORE’s ebooks provide guidance for filling in gaps.

The aim of the Insights series is to provide additional teaching and learning resources linked to relevant conceptual treatments in CORE’s ebooks. They cover a growing number of topics supplementing the ebooks; sometimes with a stronger regional orientation than, for example, The Economy. CORE Insights are authored by experts on the topic at hand.