Unconventional Fiscal Policy in a Heterogeneous-Agent New Keynesian Model


Journal of Political Economy Macroeconomics, Vol.1, Issue 4, 2023

We show that in a New Keynesian model with household heterogeneity, fiscal policy can be a perfect substitute for monetary policy. Three simple conditions for consumption taxes, labor taxes, and the government debt level are sufficient to induce the same consumption and labor supply of each household and, thus, the same allocation as interest rate policies. When monetary policy is constrained by a binding lower bound, a currency union, or an exchange rate peg, fiscal policy can therefore replicate any allocation that hypothetically unconstrained monetary policy would generate.

Hannah Seidl
Hannah Seidl
Ph.D. student in Economics