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Endogenous Government Spending and Ricardian Equivalence

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Many analyses of debt policy assume exogenous government expenditures. Instead, the author uses an optimizing model in which the government endogenously selects values of taxes, spending, and debt to maximize welfare. If demand for publicly provided goods is elastic, a debt-financed tax cut increases consumption because individuals rationally expect some reduced government spending in the future. Even though future taxes rise, they do not offset the expansionary effect of the current tax cut on consumption. Depending on preferences, the marginal propensity to consume out of tax cuts can take any value between zero and the marginal propensity out of ordinary income. Copyright 1992 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Bohn, Henning, 1992. "Endogenous Government Spending and Ricardian Equivalence," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 102(412), pages 588-597, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:102:y:1992:i:412:p:588-97
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