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Ricardian Equivalence, Rational Expectations, and the Permanent Income Hypothesis

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The Ricardian equivalence proposition and the permanent income hypothesis are tested in an intertemporal consumption model with rational expectations. The representative consumer incorporates the government budget constraint. An alternative hypothesis of incomplete tax discounting is nested within this model. A deterministic time trend is rejected for the variables of the model. Variables exhibit instead a stochastic trend. The permanent income model is not rejected by annual U.S. data (i.e., no excess sensitivity is found). The evidence with respect to Ricardian equivalence is mixed. The empirical study employs theorems from the cointegration literature and specifically addresses issues of nonstationary regressors. Copyright 1990 by Ohio State University Press.

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  • Haug, Alfred A, 1990. "Ricardian Equivalence, Rational Expectations, and the Permanent Income Hypothesis," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 22(3), pages 305-326, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:22:y:1990:i:3:p:305-26
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