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On the International Dimension of Fiscal Policy

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  • Benigno, Gianluca
  • De Paoli, Bianca

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This paper analyses the international dimension of fiscal policy using a small open economy framework in which the government finances its spending by levying distortionary taxation and issuing non-state-contingent debt. The main finding of the paper is that, once the open economy aspect of the policy problem is considered, it is not optimal to smooth taxes following idiosyncratic shocks. Even when prices are flexible and inflation can costlessly act as a shock absorber to restore fiscal equilibrium, the presence of a terms of trade externality lead to movements in the tax rate. Also in contrast with the closed economy, the introduction of sticky prices, can reduce the optimal volatility of taxes.

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Keywords: fiscal policy; optimal policy; small open economy;

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  2. Stephane Auray & Aureline Eyquem & Paul Gomme, 2011. "A Tale of Tax Policies in Open Economies," Working Papers 11004, Concordia University, Department of Economics.
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  5. Simon Wren-Lewis & Fabian Eser, 2009. "When is Monetary Policy All we Need?," Economics Series Working Papers 430, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  6. Jonathan Hoddenbagh & Mikhail Dmitriev, 2013. "The Optimal Design of a Fiscal Union," 2013 Papers pho497, Job Market Papers.
  7. Gianluca Benigno & Pierpaolo Benigno & Salvatore Nisticò, 2011. "Risk, Monetary Policy and the Exchange Rate," NBER Working Papers 17133, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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