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Fiscal Policy, Public Debt Stabilization and Politics: Theory and Evidence from the US and UK

Ben Lockwood (), Apostolis Philippopoulos and Andy Snell ()

Discussion Papers from University of Exeter, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents a two-party model of fiscal and debt policy which; (i) explicitly models the partisan, stabilisation, and (to some extent) survival motives of politicians; (ii) has predictions that are largely consistent with existing empirical findings about partisan and electoral effects in government expenditure, tax revenue, and debt; (iii) yields new predictions about how the feedback of fiscal policy on lagged debt may depend on partisan and electoral effects. These new predictions are not rejected by a test of the model on US and UK data.

Keywords: Political business cycles; stabilization; fiscal policy; public debt. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E30 E62 E63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1994
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