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Government financing, inflation, and the financial sector

Bernardino Adão and Andre Silva ()
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Bernardino Adão: Banco de Portugal, DEE

Economic Theory, 2021, vol. 71, issue 4, No 4, 1357-1396

Abstract: Abstract We calculate the effects of an increase in government spending financed with labor income taxes or inflation. We take into account the costs of financial services and the endogenous decisions on the use of financial services. Government spending takes the form of government consumption or government transfers. Agents increase the use of financial services to avoid losses from inflation. The financial sector increases with inflation, in accordance with the data. In standard cash-in-advance models, in the presence of government transfers, it is optimal to finance the government with inflation. In our framework, it is optimal to use taxes. We reverse the result from standard cash-in-advance models. The reason is the additional costs from the increase in the financial sector.

Keywords: Fiscal policy; Monetary policy; Government financing; Demand for money; Financial sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 E62 E63 H21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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