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The fiscal theory of the price level puzzle: A non Ricardian view

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  • Jean-Pascal Bénassy

    (CEPREMAP - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications, PJSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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The fiscal theory of the price level says that the price level can be made determinate if the government uses fiscal policies such that government liabilities explode unless the price in the first period is at the "right" level. The policy implications are disturbing, as they call for rather adventurous fiscal policies. We show that these disturbing policy implications are specific to the "Ricardian" models that have been used to develop the theory. By moving to "non Ricardian" models we see that price determinacy is consistent with reasonable fiscal policies.

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  • Jean-Pascal Bénassy, 2005. "The fiscal theory of the price level puzzle: A non Ricardian view," PSE Working Papers halshs-00590560, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:psewpa:halshs-00590560
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