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Distortionary Taxation, Debt, and the Transmission of Fiscal Policy Shocks

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  • Ludger Linnemann

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Does the potential of fiscal policy to influence the business cycle rest on deficit spending? The paper discusses the question in a dynamic general-equilibrium business-cycle model with staggered price adjustment, distortionary taxation, government debt, and monopolistic wage setting. The model's predictions with respect to the impact of government spending shocks on the economy are in line with empirical evidence due to the endogeneity of the income tax rate. Although Ricardian equivalence does not hold, the size of the budget deficit has limited quantitative importance for the short-run effectiveness of fiscal stabilization policy.

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  • Ludger Linnemann, 2005. "Distortionary Taxation, Debt, and the Transmission of Fiscal Policy Shocks," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 61(3), pages 368-368, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200511)61:3_368:dtdatt_2.0.tx_2-a
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    1. Tenhofen Jörn & Wolff Guntram B. & Heppke-Falk Kirsten H., 2010. "The Macroeconomic Effects of Exogenous Fiscal Policy Shocks in Germany: A Disaggregated SVAR Analysis," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 230(3), pages 328-355, June.
    2. Michael W. M. Roos, 2009. "Die deutsche Fiskalpolitik während der Wirtschaftskrise 2008/2009," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 10(4), pages 389-412, November.

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    Keywords

    fiscal policy; distortionary taxation; government dept; consumption; sticky prices; monopolistic wage setting;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy

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