Public debt expansions and the dynamics of the household borrowing constraint
António Antunes () and
Valerio Ercolani ()
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António Antunes: Bank of Portugal
No 1268, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area
Contrary to a well-established view, public debt expansions may tighten the household borrowing constraint over time. Within an incomplete-markets model featuring an endogenous borrowing limit, we show that plausible debt-financed fiscal policies generate such tightening through an increase in the interest rate. The tightening makes constrained agents deleverage and reinforces the precautionary saving motive of the unconstrained. This appetite for assets affects factor prices and this, in some cases, amplifies the households' reactions to the policies. For example, the tightening can substantially magnify the government spending multiplier by strengthening the typical negative wealth effect on labor supply induced by the fiscal stimulus. Moreover, the tightening affects political support for the policies mainly through price effects.
Keywords: endogenous borrowing constraint; government debt; fiscal policies and multipliers; heterogeneous households; incomplete markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E21 E44 E62 H60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Public debt expansions and the dynamics of the household borrowing constraint (2020)
Working Paper: Public debt expansions and the dynamics of the household borrowing constraint (2016)
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