Trigger Points and Budget Cuts: Explaining the Effects of Fiscal Austerity
27 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2007 Last revised: 15 Jul 2010
Date Written: September 1991
We propose and solve an optimizing model which explains counterintuitive effects of fiscal policy in terms of expectations. If government spending follows an upward-trending stochastic process which the public believes may fall sharply when it reaches specific "target points," then optimizing consumption behavior and simple budget constraint arithmetic imply a nonlinear relationship between private consumption and government spending. This theoretical relation is consistent with the experience of several countries.
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