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Rising Government Debt Under Labor Endogeneity

13 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2016 Last revised: 22 Mar 2016

Devika Hazra

California State University, Los Angeles

Date Written: March 5, 2016


Several advanced economies are heading towards a period of fiscal stress; aging population raises government transfers which in turn increases nominal government debt. Existing literature studies how alternative combinations of monetary and fiscal policies can stabilize real debt in the face of exponentially rising transfers. This paper develops an overlapping generations (OG) model to study the implications of endogenous labor supply on the path of real government debt under alternative policy regimes and finds that switching to an alternative policy regime where monetary authority is passive in the face of rising transfers, even before the economy is at the fiscal limit, might stabilize inflation better than an active monetary regime. The model in the paper has been calibrated to the US economy to demonstrate dynamic effects.

Keywords: Government Debt, Debt-to-GDP ratio, Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, Monetary-Fiscal Interactions, Alternative Regimes, Inflation, Labor Endogeneity

JEL Classification: E5, E52, E62

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Hazra, Devika, Rising Government Debt Under Labor Endogeneity (March 5, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Devika Hazra (Contact Author)

California State University, Los Angeles ( email )

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