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On the Desirability of Fiscal Constraints in a Monetary Union

V.V. Chari, Patrick J. Kehoe

NBER Working Paper No. 10232
Issued in January 2004
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, International Finance and Macroeconomics

The desirability of fiscal constraints in monetary unions depends critically on whether the monetary authority can commit to follow its policies. If it can commit, then debt constraints can only impose costs. If it cannot commit, then fiscal policy has a free-rider problem, and debt constraints may be desirable. This type of free-rider problem is new and arises only because of a time inconsistency problem.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10232

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