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Dynamic Aspect of Growth and Fiscal Policy


  • Thomas Krichel


  • Paul Levine

    () (University of Surrey)


We develop an endogenous growth model driven by externalities of both private capital and public infrastructure. The government levies distortionary taxation to finance a publicly provided consumption good and public infrastructure. Firms face adjustment costs. We first study the steady state, focusing in detail on the non-Ricardian aspects of the model. We then examine the optimal and time-consistent policies in a linear-quadratic approximation of the model. Although the time consistent equilibrium is also sub-optimal in terms of steady-state welfare, it does yield higher growth, through an accumulation of assets by the state and a cut of government consumption.

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  • Thomas Krichel & Paul Levine, 1996. "Dynamic Aspect of Growth and Fiscal Policy," School of Economics Discussion Papers 9601, School of Economics, University of Surrey, revised Nov 1997.
  • Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:9601

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    endogenous growth; fiscal policy; time inconsistency.;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models


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