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A Game-Theoretic View of the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level

  • Marco Bassetto

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    (University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

The goal of this paper is to probe the validity of the fiscal theory of the price level by modelling explicitly the market structure in which households and the government make their decisions. I describe the economy as a game, and I am thus able to state precisely the consequences of actions that are out of the equilibrium path. I show that there exist government strategies that lead to a version of the fiscal theory, in which the price level is determined by fiscal variables alone. These strategies are however more complex than the simple budgetary rules usually associated with the fiscal theory, and the government budget constraint cannot be merely viewed as an equilibrium condition. Copyright The Econometric Society 2002.

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Volume (Year): 70 (2002)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 2167-2195

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