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Intra-Generational Conflict: The Role of Balanced Budget Rules

Dirk Niepelt ()

No 722, Seminar Papers from Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies

Abstract: A balanced budget requirement directly affects the intra-generational wealth distribution and influences the level of government spending. Both effects give rise to distributive conflicts that can explain why some groups support balanced budget rules while other groups in the same generation oppose them. Simulations suggest that such distributive conflicts are prevalent. I argue that intra-generational distributive conflicts offer a more convincing explanation for the observed partial support for balanced budget rules than alternative theories based on inter-generational conflict or efficiency considerations.

Keywords: balanced budget rules; intra-generational conflict; government spending; wealth distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2003-07-08
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Forthcoming in European Economic Review.

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