Projecting Public Debt - the Public Debt Dynamics Tool
This course, lays out the underpinnings of public debt dynamics (i.e., of the evolution of public debt over time) and explains how these concepts are applied in the easy-to-use Excel-based Public Debt Dynamics Tool (DDT). The DDT provides public debt projections under a baseline and alternative scenarios, including through fan charts that represent the uncertainty about the evolution of public debt. The DDT also identifies the main drivers of public debt changes and computes fiscal adjustments paths that would be necessary to achieve a user-defined public debt target after a user-defined adjustment period.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Some knowledge of economics is helpful. Basic Microsoft Excel skills and access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and a Google Chrome web browser are essential.
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The International Monetary Fund, a partner institute of EdX.
3-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$25
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Recognize key concepts for the projection of public debt.
- Use simple calculations to project public debt.
- Identify the key contributors to changes in the public debt-to-GDP ratio.
- Compute fiscal paths that would allow to achieve a user-defined public debt target.
- Produce projections of the debt ratio under alternative scenarios, including fan charts.
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