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Is the Ricardian Equivalence Proposition an 'Aerie Fairy' Theory for Europe?

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  • JESUS CRESPO CUARESMA
  • GERHARD REITSCHULER

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Using a theoretical model based on dynamic optimizing agents, we test empirically the Ricardian equivalence proposition (REP) for the EU-15 countries. The theoretical setting allows us to obtain estimates of the structural parameters of the model and to test directly the hypothesis implied by the REP. Using recently developed end-of-sample cointegration breakdown tests, we find evidence of a change in the fiscal behaviour of individuals during the last decade-after the introduction of a fiscal rule, namely the Maastricht criteria-for most countries in the sample. The results concerning the direction of change are mixed. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2007.

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  • Jesus Crespo Cuaresma & Gerhard Reitschuler, 2007. "Is the Ricardian Equivalence Proposition an 'Aerie Fairy' Theory for Europe?," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 74(296), pages 682-694, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:74:y:2007:i:296:p:682-694
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