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Is Coordination of Fiscal Deficits Necessary?

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  • Huizinga, H.P.
  • Nielsen, S.B.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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National budget deficits can create externalities through their effects on international interest rates. This paper examines the scope for fiscal rules restricting government borrowing for the case where government revenues (on the margin) stem from capital income taxation. There is no need to coordinate national borrowing, if governments have access to both a saving and an investment tax instrument. In the absence of a saving tax, however, national fiscal policies affect welfare abroad through the international interest rate. A reduction in first period deficits tied to increased government spending later is always welfare improving. Reducing first period deficits without further coordination of subsequent tax and spending policies will generally not improve welfare.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 1998-61.

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  1. Fritz Breuss & Andrea Weber, 1999. "Economic Policy Coordination in the EMU: Implications for the Stability Pact," EUI-RSCAS Working Papers 26, European University Institute (EUI), Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (RSCAS).
  2. Alexander Italianer, 1999. "The Euro and Internal Economic Policy Coordination," Empirica, Springer, vol. 26(3), pages 201-216, September.
  3. Andrés Leal Marcos & Julio López Laborda, 2009. "Efectos externos del endeudamiento sobre la calificación crediticia de las Comunidades Autónomas," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 189(2), pages 81-106, June.

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