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Debt Non-Neutrality, Policy Interactions, and Macroeconomic Stability

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  • Ludger Linnemann

    (University of Cologne)

  • Andreas Schabert

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    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, University of Amsterdam)

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We study the consequences of non-neutrality of government debt for macroeconomic stabilization policy in an environment where prices are sticky. Assuming transaction services of government bonds, Ricardian equivalence fails because public debt has a negative impact on its marginal rate of return and thus on private savings. Stability of equilibrium sequences requires a stationary evolution of real public debt, which steers inflation expectations and rules out endogenous fluctuations. Under anti-inflationary monetary policy regimes, macroeconomic fluctuations tend to decrease with the share of tax financing, which justifies tight debt constraints. In particular, a balanced budget policy stabilizes the economy under cost-push shocks, such that output and inflation variances can be lower than in a corresponding case where debt is neutral.

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Keywords: Government debt; fiscal and monetary policy rules; stabilization policy; equilibrium uniqueness;

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  3. Claeys Peter, 2008. "Estimating the effects of fiscal policy under the budget constraint," wp.comunite 0038, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
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