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Long-run? Only if your economy is on a stagnant or negative nominal growth path. In a nominally growing economy, the sovereign should run moderate cycle-averaged deficits to accommodate the private sector's need for sovereign securities.

Short-run? Obviously, during a bubble you should tax until the bubble stops. Which means that you may be running a surplus for a while. But if you have bubbles on a regular basis then You're Doing It Wrong.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 01:51:53 PM EST
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