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The inflation adjusted nominal deficit: a note on Robert Barros’s definition

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  • Viviane Luporini

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This note discusses the concept of 'inflation adjusted nominal deficit' proposed by Robert Barro in light of a stock-flow consistent real deficit. It is argued that the calculation proposed by the author violates the principle of stock-flow consistency and leads one to the erroneous interpretation that a rise in the rate of inflation decreases the government deficit in nominal terms.

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  • Viviane Luporini, 2000. "The inflation adjusted nominal deficit: a note on Robert Barros’s definition," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td138, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
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