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Fluctuating Macro Policies and the Fiscal Theory

  • Troy Davig
  • Eric M. Leeper

This paper estimates regime-switching rules for monetary policy and tax policy over the post-war period in the United States and imposes the estimated policy process on a calibrated dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with nominal rigidities. Decision rules are locally unique and produce a stationary long-run rational expectations equilibrium in which (lump-sum) tax shocks always affect output and inflation. Tax non-neutralities in the model arise solely through the mechanism articulated by the fiscal theory of the price level. The paper quantifies that mechanism and finds it to be important in U.S. data, reconciling a popular class of monetary models with the evidence that tax shocks have substantial impacts. Because long-run policy behavior determines existence and uniqueness of equilibrium, in a regime-switching environment more accurate qualitative inferences can be gleaned from full-sample information than by conditioning on policy regime.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 11212.

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Date of creation: Mar 2005
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Publication status: published as Fluctuating Macro Policies and the Fiscal Theory , Troy Davig, Eric M. Leeper. in NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2006, Volume 21 , Acemoglu, Rogoff, and Woodford. 2007
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:11212
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  1. Roger E. A. Farmer & Daniel F. Waggoner & Tao Zha, 2009. "Indeterminacy in a forward-looking regime switching model," International Journal of Economic Theory, The International Society for Economic Theory, vol. 5(1), pages 69-84.
  2. Michael Woodford, 1995. "Price Level Determinacy Without Control of a Monetary Aggregate," NBER Working Papers 5204, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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