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Consumption smoothing in a balancedbudget regim
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I investigate consumption smoothing (sensitivity) under a balanced budget rule in Swedish municipalities. In general, I nd Swedish municipalities to be highly consumption sensitive during the time period 2001-2011 when the BBR was in place. A one percentage increase in predicted current revenues leads to a 0.74-0.76 percentage increase in current consumption. I use scal indicators - the level of own funds and net operating surplus - as proxies for budget balance boundness. Municipalities that perform well in both these scal areas are more smoothing than municipalities that do not perform well in either, implying that budget balance plays a role for consumption smoothing behavior. However, consumption sensitivity has decreased in the aggregate since the implementation of the BBR. A possible story is that municipalities were primarily upward sensitive before the BBR, and primarily downward sensitive after the BBR. This explanation also ts the descriptive picture that the aggregate surplus in the sector has turned to positive from negative since the BBR implementation.

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Uppsala, 2013. , 35 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2013:19
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Local public nance. Balanced budget rules. Consumption smoothing. Fiscal
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210097DiVA: diva2:660978
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2013-10-31Bibliographically approved

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