How would an economist distinguish between absolute & relative size of the US public debt. Why is the distinction important?

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  • Oiy
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    Absolute debts show the market value of debts. It has no meaning in economics. Since there are diferent countries with diferent growth rate, relative debts/GDP has meaning to show the services of debts. The market will give the rating.

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  • JuanB
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    1 month ago

    If you believe the public debt is too much and in favor of reducing it, you would use the absolute size.  It you are in favor of excessive public spending and need to convince people it's ok, and we can continue to over spend, you us relative size.

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