Mr. Ricardo’s Great Adventure : Estimating Fiscal Multipliers in a Truly Intertemporal Model

Author/Editor:

Silvia Sgherri ; Tamim Bayoumi

Publication Date:

July 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We estimate tax multipliers in a "Blanchard-Yaari" consumption model where Ricardian equivalence is broken because the private sector discounts the future at a faster rate than the real rate of interest. The model fits U.S. data since 1955 extremely well-entailing a discount wedge of around 20 percent a year and fiscal multipliers of 0.15-0.4-depending on the permanence of the change in taxes/transfers, and is much superior to one that assumes some consumers are fully Ricardian and others follow simple rules of thumb. The implied high private sector rate of discount has wide implications for policymakers.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/168

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864281/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006168

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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