The Distributional Effects of Fiscal Consolidation

Author/Editor:

Laurence M. Ball ; Davide Furceri ; Daniel Leigh ; Prakash Loungani

Publication Date:

June 21, 2013

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the distributional effects of fiscal consolidation. Using episodes of fiscal consolidation for a sample of 17 OECD countries over the period 1978–2009, we find that fiscal consolidation has typically had significant distributional effects by raising inequality, decreasing wage income shares and increasing long-term unemployment. The evidence also suggests that spending-based adjustments have had, on average, larger distributional effects than tax-based adjustments.

Series:

Working Paper No. 13/151

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 21, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475551945/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2013151

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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