Recent Evidence on Budget Deficits and National Savings

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James M. Poterba

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics

Lawrence H. Summers

Harvard University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: February 1987

Abstract

This paper examines the recent United States experience with sustained budget deficits and concludes that the events of the last five years cast significant doubt on the proposition that the timing of taxes does not affect national savings. Rather than raising private saving, the recent deficits have if anything coincided with reduced saving and increased consumption. These findings suggest that realistic analysis of fiscal policies must recognize that consumers are liquidity constrained and/or myopic.

Suggested Citation

Poterba, James M. and Summers, Lawrence H., Recent Evidence on Budget Deficits and National Savings (February 1987). NBER Working Paper No. w2144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227390

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