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2014, vol. 61, iss. 1, pp. 1-19
French public finances at risk?
aObservatoire français des conjonctures économiques - Sciences Po, ESCP Europe, France
bObservatoire français des conjonctures economiques - Sciences Po, France
cObservatoire français des conjonctures economiques - Sciences Po, , France + Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali 'Guido Carli' School of European Political Economy, Italy,,
Keywords: Deficits; Debts; Debt management; Taxation
Using descriptive evidence, this paper contributes to the debate on French public finances' consolidation by examining the long-term sustainability of France's fiscal position. We trace the historical trends of government's tax receipts and expenditures. We illustrate that while the level of public expenditure in France is larger than in the Euro Area, its trend is comparable to its neighbours. French net debt is comparable to Eurozone's while French net wealth remains positive. However, the French tax system is not progressive with only 6% of compulsory levies raised that way, and too complex. The paper then acknowledges the efficient debt management of French authorities. As a conclusion, we see no risk of future unsustainability linked to the nature or the level of current French public finances.
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article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.2298/pan1401001c
published in SCIndeks: 10/05/2015

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