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Christian Scharrer, University of Augsburg Seminar - September 20, 2017

Posted on 2017-09-06 in News, Events, Upcoming Seminars
Sep 20, 2017

September 20, 2017

Christian Scharrer, University of Ausgburg, will present a seminar at 4:00 PM in Arts 807.

Seminar Title: "The Burden of Unanticipated Government Spending"

We study the impact of a government spending shock on the distribution of income and wealth between cohorts in a dynamic stochastic overlapping generations model with two types of households, Ricardian households and rule-of-thumb consumers. We demonstrate that an unexpected increase in government spending increases income inequality and decreases wealth inequality. In contrast to the conventional wisdom that the financing of additional expenditures by debt rather than taxes especially burdens young generations, we find that a debt-financed increase in government spending also harms Ricardian households during retirement, while workers close to retirement benefit. The crucial element in our analysis is a wealth effect that results from the decline in the price of capital due to higher government debt.

This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series. Everyone is welcome.

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