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The role of taxes as automatic destabilizers in New Keynesian economics

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  • Kleven, Henrik Jacobsen
  • Kreiner, Claus Thustrup

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This paper analyses the effects of taxation in New Keynesian economics. The results show that taxes contribute to price and wage stickiness and, moreover, that the resulting fluctuations in welfare are magnified by the presence of taxes. These results are at odds with the old Keynesian idea of automatic stabilizers.
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  • Kleven, Henrik Jacobsen & Kreiner, Claus Thustrup, 2003. "The role of taxes as automatic destabilizers in New Keynesian economics," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(5-6), pages 1123-1136, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:87:y:2003:i:5-6:p:1123-1136
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    1. Kenneth Kletzer, 2006. "Taxes and stabilization in contemporary macroeconomic models," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 13(4), pages 351-371, August.
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