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Endogenous Public Policy and Long-Run Growth

  • Christos Koulovatianos
  • Leonard J. Mirman

. We study the determinants of voting outcomes on the provision of public consumption through marginal income taxes in the context of the simple linear growth model. We focus on how the dynamic politicoeconomic equilibrium maps the economic fundamentals to policies and long-run growth. We find that in a deterministic growth environment voters internalize, although imperfectly, the deadweight losses of taxation and vote for lower taxes when the productivity of capital is higher. Therefore, the politicoeconomic channel reinforces the positive role of productivity for growth. In a stochastic environment, we find that if business cycles are driven by productivity shocks in the endogenous growth framework, equilibrium policies imply that taxes should fall in high growth periods and rise in low-growth periods. In line with existing evidence, our model predicts procyclical public consumption and countercyclical public consumption GDP shares.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 2-2004.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:2-2004
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