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An Integrated Approach to Government Financial Policy

  • Jeff Huther
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    In this paper, I address three questions of government financial policy: how should a government’s aversion to financial risk be determined, when are new financial investments justified, and what is the optimal level of reserves in a flexible exchange rate regime. To answer these questions, I modify an integrated financial model developed by Froot and Stein (1998) to describe private sector financial policy. Financial risk aversion in this model is due to the potential of poor financial returns limiting an institution’s future investment opportunities. The potential for poor returns provides governments with incentives to hold reserves and limit new financial investments.

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    Paper provided by New Zealand Treasury in its series Treasury Working Paper Series with number 99/08.

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    Length: 12 pages
    Date of creation: 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:nzt:nztwps:99/08
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    1. DeMarzo, Peter M & Duffie, Darrell, 1995. "Corporate Incentives for Hedging and Hedge Accounting," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 8(3), pages 743-71.
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    5. Kenneth A. Froot & Jeremy C. Stein, 1996. "Risk Management, Capital Budgeting and Capital Structure Policy for Financial Institutions: An Integrated Approach," NBER Working Papers 5403, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Kenneth A. Froot & David S. Scharfstein & Jeremy C. Stein, 1992. "Risk Management: Coordinating Corporate Investment and Financing Policies," NBER Working Papers 4084, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Willem H. Buiter, 1998. "Notes on "A Code for Fiscal Stability"," NBER Working Papers 6522, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    8. Louis Kaplow, 1991. "Taxation and Risk Taking: A General Equilibrium Perspective," NBER Working Papers 3709, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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