Staff Report 121

International Coordination of Fiscal Policy in Limiting Economies

Patrick J. Kehoe | Stanford University, University College London, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
V. V. Chari | University of Minnesota, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Published May 1, 1989

We examine the limiting behavior of cooperative and noncooperative fiscal policies as countries’ market power goes to zero. We show that these policies converge if countries raise revenues through lump-sum taxation. However, if there are unremovable domestic distortions, such as distorting taxes, there can be gains to coordination even when a single country’s policy cannot affect world prices. These results differ from the received wisdom in the optimal tariff literature. The key distinction is that, unlike in the tariff literature, the spending decisions of governments are explicitly modeled.

Published In: Journal of Political Economy (Vol 98, Num 3, June 1990, pp. 617-636)

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