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Strategic Behavior, Debt Neutrality, and Crowding Out

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  • Robert P. Rebelein

    (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York)

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This article presents an overlapping generations model in which children seek to manipulate the size of the end-of-life bequest they receive from the parent. The author first uses numerical simulations to showthis intergenerational strategic behavior does not negate the debt neutrality assertions of Ricardian equivalence. Then, by introducing capital gains and inheritance taxes, the author shows the crowding out effect of government debt is notably smaller in models with strategic behavior; manipulation by children increases the importance of bequests, which forces parents to save (and bequeath) a larger portion of a debt-financed tax cut. In spite of the neutrality of debt under lump sum taxes, including intergenerational strategic behavior can significantly influence the outcome of government tax policies.

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Article provided by in its journal Public Finance Review.

Volume (Year): 34 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 148-172

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:34:y:2006:i:2:p:148-172

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Keywords: intergenerational altruism; strategic behavior; crowding out; Ricardian equivalence;

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  1. Manmohan S. Kumar & Emanuele Baldacci, 2010. "Fiscal Deficits, Public Debt, and Sovereign Bond Yields," IMF Working Papers 10/184, International Monetary Fund.

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