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Efficiency wages and the balanced budget theorem

  • Wen-Ya Chang
  • Ching-Chong Lai
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    Macroeconomic literature has long agreed that the balanced budget multiplier is positive. By adopting the principal tenets of efficiency wage theories, this paper makes a new attempt to examine the validity of the balanced budget theorem. It is found that the impact of an expansion in government spending on output with a balanced government budget will definitely be contractionary in the presence of the efficiency wage consideration. Further, this paper also examines the role of alternative wage indexation rules on the validity of the balanced budget theorem. It is shown that the balanced budget theorem is not tenable when there is full indexation of wages. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1999

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 27 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 314-324

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