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Does it Pay to Have a Balanced Government Budget?

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This paper presents an endogenous growth model with public capital and public debt. The primary-surplus-to-GDP ratio is set such that it is a positive function of the debt ratio, which is a necessary condition for the intertemporal budget constraint of the government. The paper studies growth and welfare effects of the model, assuming a balanced government budget, and compares the outcome with the scenario where public debt grows in the long run, but at a smaller rate than capital and consumption, and with the scenario where public debt grows at the same rate as capital and consumption.

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  • Alfred Greiner, 2008. "Does it Pay to Have a Balanced Government Budget?," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 164(3), pages 460-476, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200809)164:3_460:diptha_2.0.tx_2-9
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    1. Barro, Robert J, 1979. "On the Determination of the Public Debt," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 87(5), pages 940-971, October.
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    1. Alfred Greiner, 2015. "Fiscal and Monetary Policy in a Basic Endogenous Growth Model," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 45(2), pages 285-301, February.
    2. Tsintzos, Panagiotis & Dergiades, Theologos, 2011. "Uncertainty in the public debt market and stochastic long-run growth," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1-2), pages 67-73, January.
    3. Alfred Greiner, 2015. "Public Debt, Productive Public Spending and Endogenous Growth," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 66(4), pages 520-535, December.
    4. Alfred Greiner & Peter Flaschel, 2010. "Public Debt And Public Investment In An Endogenous Growth Model With Real Wage Rigidities," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 57(1), pages 68-84, February.
    5. Alfred Greiner, 2010. "Does the 'Golden Rule of Public Finance' imply a lower long-run growth rate? A clarification," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 975-982.
    6. Greiner, Alfred, 2012. "Public debt in a basic endogenous growth model," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 1344-1348.
    7. Alfred Greiner, 2013. "Debt and growth: Is there a non-monotonic relation?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 340-347.

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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures

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