chapter  2
Bond-financed deficits, taxation and expectations: An experimental test of the Ricardian equivalence theorem
An experimental test of the Ricardian equivalence theorem*
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How do household expectations change when the government abruptly switches from taxation to bond sales to attempt to finance its large budget deficits? What effect does a prolonged reliance on bond financing have on the long-term credibility of such a deficit financing policy? The present chapter employs macroexperimentation techniques to test the actual behaviour of individual ‘house-holds’ set in an artificial economy that shifts from taxation to a policy of long-term bond financing to meet its fiscal imbalances. The focus of this chapter will be the effects of fiscal policy on household expectations and long-term credibility-the experimental effects of monetary policy on the confidence factors will be presented in the following chapter.