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Revealed Preferences for Macroeconomic Stabilization

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In the new Keynesian model of endogenous stabilization governments have objectives with respect to macroeconomic performance, but are constrained by an augmented Phillips curve. Because they react more quickly to inflation shocks than private agents, governments can lean against the macroeconomic wind. We develop an econometric test of this characterization of the political-economic equilibrium. Applying this methodology to a variety of quadratic social welfare functions provides inferences about the functional form of stabilization preferences and about the formation of expectations.

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  • David Kiefer, 2005. "Revealed Preferences for Macroeconomic Stabilization," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2005_03, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2005_03
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    Stabilization; Philips curve; public policy;

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