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ECN 741: Public Economics Fall 2008 2 Optimal Fiscal Policy-Dynamic Ramsey Taxation The main focus of this section is the derivation of Chamley-Judd result ( Chamley ( 1986 ) and Judd ( 1985 )). We are only going to consider deterministic environment. See Chari and Kehoe ( 1994 ) and Chari and Kehoe ( 1998 ) for stochastic environment and optimal policy over business cycle. The environment is the following. There are infinitely lived identical consumers. Government has to finance expenditure g t every period and levies distortionary taxes (or subsidies) on consumption, investment, labor and capital income. It can also issue debt. Consumer’s problem: consumers are endowed with k 0 unit of capital and b 0 unit of govern- ment debt
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Unformatted text preview: max c t ,l t ,x t ,k t +1 ,b t +1 X t =0 t U ( c t ,l t ) subject to (1 + ct ) c t + (1 + xt ) x t + b t +1 (1- lt ) w t l t + (1- kt ) r t k t + R bt b t ; t k t +1 (1- ) k t + x t-b t +1 M k ,b given in which M is some large positive number. The FOCs are t U ct = t (1 + ct ) (9)- t U lt = t w t (1- lt ) (10) (1 + xt ) t = t +1 [(1- xt +1 )(1- ) + (1- kt +1 ) r t +1 ] (11) t = t +1 R bt +1 (12) Government Budget: g t + R bt b t = b t +1 + xt x t + ct c t + lt w t l t + kt r t k t (13) Feasibility: c t + g t + k t +1 = F ( k t ,l t ) + (1- ) k t (14) 12...
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