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On the international dimension of fiscal policy

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  • Gianluca Benigno
  • Bianca De Paoli

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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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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 28515.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:28515

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

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  3. Giorgio Di Giorgio & Salvatore Nistico', 2011. "Productivity Shocks, Stabilization Policies and the Dynamics of Net Foreign Assets," Working Papers CASMEF 1101, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.
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  5. Stéphane Auray & Aurélien Eyquem & Paul Gomme, 2012. "A Tale of Tax Policies in Open Economies," Working Papers 2012-32, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  6. Stéphane Auray & Beatriz de Blas & Aurélien Eyquem, 2011. "Ramsey Policies in a Small Open Economy with Sticky Prices and Capital," Working Papers 1115, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  7. Chan Wang & Heng-fu Zou, 2013. "On the efficiency of monetary and fiscal policy in open economies," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 14(1), pages 179-206, May.

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