Fiscal Policy and Economic Activity During Recessions in Advanced Economies

Author/Editor:

Axel Schimmelpfennig ; Selma Mahfouz ; Richard Hemming

Publication Date:

May 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Using data for advanced economies, this paper investigates whether factors identified in the theoretical and empirical literature explain the effectiveness of fiscal policy in responding to recessions. The results are informative about the fiscal response to recessions but provide only a partial explanation of the impact of fiscal policy on economic activity. Overall, it would appear that fiscal multipliers are very small.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/87

Subject:

Frequency:

Quarterly

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451851038/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0872002

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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