Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 146, Issue 2, pp 481–506 | Cite as

Test of fiscal sustainability and causality hypotheses for Switzerland

  • Silika Prohl
Open Access


This paper examines the causality between the Swiss federal governments revenue and expenditure over the 1900 to 2002 period by estimating the short- and long-run relation within an error-correction approach that places more emphasis on the long-run relation as a source of the causal link. The results suggest both that the fiscal policy is consistent with the governmental budget constraint — revenue and expenditure are cointegrated, and revenue cause expenditure and vice versa. There is also evidence that World War II had a significant impact on the stability of the cointegrating relation between revenue and expenditure.


C22 C23 H60 


Budget Deficit Cointegration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silika Prohl
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  1. 1.Swiss Banking InstituteZurichSwitzerland

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