“Starving the Beast? Intra-Generational Conflict and Balanced Budget Rules,” EER, 2007

European Economic Review 51(1), January 2007. PDF.

A balanced budget requirement does not only prevent fiscal policy makers from smoothing tax distortions but also affects their preferred choice of government spending. The paper analyzes the conditions under which groups opposed to government spending might want to implement a balanced budget requirement in order to induce the government to spend less. It shows that relaxing a balanced budget requirement need not be associated with higher government spending.