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Non-Keynesian effects of fiscal policy in OECD economies: an empirical study

Rina Bhattacharya and Sanchita Mukherjee ()

Applied Economics, 2013, vol. 45, issue 29, 4122-4136

Abstract: This article explores the hypothesis that the propensity to consume out of income varies in a nonlinear fashion with fiscal variables, and in particular with government debt per capita. Using panel data from 18 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, we examine whether there is any empirical evidence to support the hypothesis that households move from non-Ricardian to Ricardian behaviour as government debt reaches high levels and as uncertainty about future taxes increases. Our results provide support for this hypothesis, and also suggest that private and government consumption are complements in the household utility function.

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2012.752571

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