Competitive Equilibria With Limited Enforcement [report]

Patrick Kehoe, Fabrizio Perri
2002 unpublished
We show how to decentralize constrained efficient allocations that arise from enforcement constraints between sovereign nations. In a pure exchange economy, these allocations can be decentralized with private agents acting competitively and taking as given government default decisions on foreign debt. In an economy with capital, these allocations can be decentralized if the government can tax capital income as well as default on foreign debt. The tax on capital income is needed to make private
more » ... ed to make private agents internalize a subtle externality. The decisions of the government can arise as an equilibrium of a dynamic game between governments.
doi:10.3386/w9077 fatcat:lrhf374tqfan7pqa3x4iqvl3oi