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Income distribution, fiscal policy, and delays in stabilization

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  • Roberto Perotti

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This paper presents an explanation of the cycles of large fiscal expansions and macroeconomic stabilizations that are frequently observed in developing countries. In the model, different coalitions form and change depending on the position of three groups over the degree of redistribution and the timing of debt repayment. I show that seemingly unsustainable fiscal policies arise from a coalition of the poor and the rich when the distribution of income is highly unequal. When income is distributed more equally, instead, the patterns of fiscal policy and of the trade balance are consistent with the standard predictions of representative agent models. These features of the model seem consistent with available empirical evidence.

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  • Roberto Perotti, 1996. "Income distribution, fiscal policy, and delays in stabilization," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(4), pages 335-355.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:1:y:1996:i:4:p:335-355
    DOI: 10.1080/13841289608523367
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    1. Christian Volpe Martincus & Sandra Milena Gómez, 2009. "Trade Policy and Export Diversification: What Should Colombia Expect from the FTA with the United States," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 9292, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Marco Ferroni & Mercedes Mateo Díaz & J. Mark Payne, 2007. "Development under Conditions of Inequality and Distrust: An Exploration of the Role of Social Capital and Social Cohesion in Latin America," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 53818, Inter-American Development Bank.

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