Fiscal Policy in a Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) Model

Levy Economics Working Paper No. 494

27 Pages Posted: 31 May 2007

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Wynne Godley

Bard College

Marc Lavoie

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This paper deploys a simple stock-flow consistent (SFC) model in order to examine various contentions regarding fiscal and monetary policy. It follows from the model that if the fiscal stance is not set in the appropriate fashion that is, at a well-defined level and growth rate - then full employment and low inflation will not be achieved in a sustainable way. We also show that fiscal policy on its own could achieve both full employment and a target rate of inflation. Finally, we arrive at two unconventional conclusions: first, that an economy (described within an SFC framework) with a real rate of interest net of taxes that exceeds the real growth rate will not generate explosive interest flows, even when the government is not targeting primary surpluses; and, second, that it cannot be assumed that a debtor country requires a trade surplus if interest payments on debt are not to explode.

Keywords: Stock-Flow Consistency, Fiscal Policy, Public Debt, New Consensus on Monetary Economics, Current Account Deficit

JEL Classification: E120, E620, F410

Suggested Citation

Godley, Wynne and Lavoie, Marc, Fiscal Policy in a Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) Model (April 2007). Levy Economics Working Paper No. 494. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982839 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982839

Wynne Godley (Contact Author)

Bard College ( email )

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Marc Lavoie

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

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Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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