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Saving, investment, government finance and the current account: The Dutch experience

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  • Keuzenkamp, H.A.
  • Ploeg, F. van der

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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The problems experienced by the Dutch economy during the last seven years are discussed, problems for future development of the Dutch economy pinpointed and the political-economic debate in the Netherlands surveyed. Ten rules for sound government finance are formulated, and it is argued that the political reality of budget cuts has led to the crowding-out of government investment. Consequently, government productive assets have not kept up with the explosion of government debt, so the net worth of the public sector has declined since 1982. Dutch monetary policy is geared towards the discipline of not using seigniorage for government finance and pegging the stock of nominal government debt. Consumption smoothing suggests that, given liberalized capital markets, investment should be financed through the current account of the the balance of payments, but little evidence can be found for this. This may be due to the `structural budget deficit' rule which has been implemented by Jelle Zijlstra.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 1990-49.

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Date of creation: 1990
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:199049

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Keywords: Economic Policy; Current Account;

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  1. Ploeg, F. van der, 1990. "Short-sighted politicians and erosion of government assets," Discussion Paper 1990-69, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  2. Reuven Glick & Michael Hutchison, 1993. "Fiscal policy in monetary unions: Implications for Europe," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 39-65, March.

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