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Non-neutrality of economic policy: An application of the Tinbergen-Theil's approach to a strategic context

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  • Nicola Acocella
  • Giovanni Di Bartolomeo

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Issues of policy effectiveness and neutrality are widespread in the economic literature. They have been increasingly raised in specific contexts within the class of LQ (linear-quadratic) policy games in the last 20 years, notably with reference to monetary policy. The more general conditions ensuring nonneutrality in a strategic environment remain however to be inquired. We fill this gap by applying the classical theory of economic policy to a strategic context. This is also useful to highlight some existence conditions for policy game solutions. We restrict ourselves to the common LQ-games in a static perfect information framework, but our simple logic can be extended to other more general situations.

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 82.

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Length: 62
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Keywords: LQ-policy games; policy ineffectiveness; controllability.;

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