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Country heterogeneity and the international evidence on the effects of fiscal policy

Author: Carlo A Favero; Francesco Giavazzi; Jacopo Perego; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2011.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 17272.
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This paper shows how the richer frequency and variety of fiscal policy shocks available in an international sample can be analyzed recognizing the heterogeneity that exists across different countries. The main conclusion of our empirical analysis is that the question "what is the fiscal policy multiplier" is an ill-posed one. There is no unconditional fiscal policy multiplier. The effect of fiscal policy on output  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carlo A Favero; Francesco Giavazzi; Jacopo Perego; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 745914308
Description: 1 online resource (34 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 17272.
Responsibility: Carlo Favero, Francesco Giavazzi, Jacopo Perego.

Abstract:

This paper shows how the richer frequency and variety of fiscal policy shocks available in an international sample can be analyzed recognizing the heterogeneity that exists across different countries. The main conclusion of our empirical analysis is that the question "what is the fiscal policy multiplier" is an ill-posed one. There is no unconditional fiscal policy multiplier. The effect of fiscal policy on output is different depending on the different debt dynamics, the different degree of openness and the different fiscal reaction functions across different countries. There are many fiscal multipliers and an average fiscal multiplier is of very little use to describe the effect of exogenous shifts in fiscal policy on output.
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