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A Political Economy Theory of Government Debt and Social Security

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  • Ryo Arawatari

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University)

  • Tetsuo Ono

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

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This paper analyzes the determinants of government debt and social security for the old in a closed-economy, overlapping-generation model. Under the probabilistic voting, the model presents (i) an intergenerational link of resource allocation via debt and social security; (ii) multiple political equilibria; and (iii) a negative cor- relation between tax and debt. These three results are robust to the introduction of public goods as an alternative government expenditure or to the introduction of income heterogeneity within a generation.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 11-33.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1133

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Keywords: Government debt; Social security; Overlapping generations; Proba- bilistic voting;

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