In the present paper general stationary overlapping generations economies with many commodities in every period and many different consumers in every generation are considered. A government maximizes an utilitarian social welfare function, that is the sum of weighted averages of utilities for generations, through fiscal policy, i.e. monetary transfers and taxes. Both situations with and without time discounting are considered. It is shown that if the discount factor is suffciently close to one then the optimal policy stabilizes the economy, i.e. the equilibrium path has the turnpike property. Moreover the fiscal policy is shown to be time-consistent.
|Place of Publication||København|
|Publisher||Handelshøjskolen i København|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
|Series||Working Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School|