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Private and Public Consumption and Counter-Ciclical Fiscal Policy


  • L. Marattin


In this paper we set up a NK-DSGE model in which the consumer derives utility from a consumption basket made of public and private consumption, there is monopolistic competiton in the intermediate good sector, Calvo-Yun price setting, endogenous labour supply and Taylor rule for monetary policy. We analyse the effects of a counterciclical fiscal policy rule and how varying the degree of counterciclicality affects the determinacy of the rational expectations equilbrium and the ability to respond to technological and government spending shocks. A broad conclusion is that desiderability of pro/counter ciclical stance of fiscal policy cannot accurately be drawn without taking into account the quality of the public expenditure and the way it interacts with private consumption.

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  • L. Marattin, 2007. "Private and Public Consumption and Counter-Ciclical Fiscal Policy," Working Papers 588, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  • Handle: RePEc:bol:bodewp:588

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    1. Luigi MARATTIN & Simone SALOTTI, "undated". "The Response of Private Consumption to Different Public Spending Categories:VAR Evidence from UK," EcoMod2010 259600111, EcoMod.

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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • 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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