A Fiscal Job? An Analysis of Fiscal Policy and the Labor Market

Author/Editor:

Elva Bova ; Christina Kolerus ; Sampawende J Tapsoba

Publication Date:

December 12, 2014

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Summary:

This paper examines the impact of fiscal policy on employment through the lenses of Okun’s Law. Looking at the panel of OECD countries over the past three decades, we find that fiscal policy can affect employment beyond the impact it is traditionally assumed to exert through the output multiplier. In particular, this impact is found to be effective for most items of current discretionary expenditure and for corporate income taxes and social security contributions. Okun’s Law is found to be stable under almost all model specifications, but higher spending on subsidies and lower social security contributions can amplify the impact of the output gap on employment gaps.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/216

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 12, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498330473/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014216

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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