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Productive Government Expenditure and Fiscal Sustainability

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We consider an overlapping-generations model in which public spending directly contributes to an increase in productivity, as in the model of Barro (1990), and in which the government maintains constant ratios of public spending to GDP and of debt issuance to public spending. We numerically analyze the effects of a change of public-spending/GDP on fiscal sustainability, growth rate, and welfare. First, if that ratio is small, an increase in it makes public debt sustainable. Second, if it is small, then an increase in it is Pareto improving.
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Keywords: ENDOGENOUS GROWTH; FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY; PRODUCTIVE GOVERNMENT SPENDING; PUBLIC DEBT; WELFARE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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  • As one of the world's oldest professional journals in public finance, founded in 1884, FinanzArchiv (FA) publishes original work from all fields of public economics which are of interest to an international readership, e.g. taxation, public debt, public goods, public choice, federalism, market failure, social policy, and the welfare state. Special emphasis is on high-quality theoretical and empirical papers on current policy issues.

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