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Debt reduction or investment?

Debt reduction or investment? At first glance, population surveys seem to paint a clear picture: When people in Germany are asked about this, many state that they are rather sceptical about extensive government debt. But can we really conclude from this that they consider government investment to be less important and prioritise fiscal discipline? Existing research raises doubts about this.

In cooperation with Fiscal Future, Dr Jan Eichhorn and Carl Mühlbach turn to this question and examine the attitudes of people in Germany with regard to their assessment of debt reduction and investment in greater depth in this briefing.

The briefing is based on data from a large-scale representative survey in which over 3087 people in Germany were asked about various economic topics in June 2023, representative of the total population aged between 18 and 80.


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