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Intergenerational Politics, Government Debt, and Economic Growth

Tetsuo Ono

No 14-23-Rev., Discussion Papers in Economics and Business from Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: This study presents a two-period overlapping-generations model featuring en- dogenous growth and intergenerational conflict over fiscal policy. In particular, we characterize a Markov-perfect political equilibrium of the voting game between gen- erations, and show the following results. First, population aging incentivizes the government to invest more in capital for future public spending, and thus produces a positive effect on economic growth. Second, when the government finances its spending by issuing bonds, an introduction of a balanced budget rule results in a higher growth rate. Third, to obtain a normative implication of the political equi- librium, we compare it to an allocation chosen by a benevolent planner who takes care of all future generations. Here, we show that the political equilibrium attains a lower growth rate than that in the planner's allocation.

Keywords: Economic Growth; Government Debt; Overlapping Generations; Pop- ulation Aging; Voting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D91 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2014-06, Revised 2015-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-cdm, nep-dge, nep-fdg, nep-gro, nep-pbe and nep-pol
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