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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Consumption and Government-Budget Finance in a High-Deficit Economy

Leonardo Leiderman, Assaf Razin

NBER Working Paper No. 2032
Issued in September 1986
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This paper characterizes empirically how government budget variables, such as spending, taxes, and deficits, affected private-sector consumption in the high-budget-deficit economy of Israel during the first half of the 1980s. The paper develops and estimates an intertemporal optimizing model of consumption choice by finite-lived individuals. The evidence supports this formulation against the Ricardian infinite-horizon case, but it does not support it when compared to the unrestricted relations in the data.

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