Fiscal Multipliers in the ECCU

Author/Editor:

Antonio Lemus ; Jesus R Gonzalez-Garcia ; Mico Mrkaic

Publication Date:

May 22, 2013

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Summary:

The multipliers of taxes, and government consumption and investment expenditure for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are estimated using vector autoregression models with panel data. The impact and long-run multipliers are below unity, suggesting that a great extent of the intended impulse ends up expanding imported demand. The long-run multipliers of taxes and consumption expenditure are non-different from zero statistically, while public investment has a long-run multiplier of 0.6. The results suggest that countercyclical policies to stimulate growth should focus on public investment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 13/117

English

Publication Date:

May 22, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484359914/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2013117

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

17

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