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Non-Separable Preferences do not Rule Out Aggregate Instability under Balanced-Budget Rules: A Note

Nicolas Abad, Thomas Seegmuller () and Alain Venditti ()

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Abstract: We investigate the role of non-separable preferences on the occurrence of macroeconomic instability under a balanced-budget rule where government spending is financed by a tax on labor income. Considering a one-sector neoclassical growth model with a large class of non-separable utility functions, we find that expectations-driven fluctuations easily occur when consumption and labor are Edgeworth substitutes or weak Edgeworth complements. Under these properties, an intermediate range of tax rates and a sufficiently low elasticity of intertemporal substitution in consumption lead to instability.

Keywords: labor income taxes; expectations-driven business cycles; indeterminacy; balanced-budget rule; non-separable preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-11
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