Fiscal Stimulus with Spending Reversals

Author/Editor:

Gernot Müller ; Giancarlo Corsetti ; Andre Meier

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The impact of fiscal stimulus depends not only on short-term tax and spending policies, but also on expectations about offsetting measures in the future. This paper analyzes the effects of an increase in government spending under a plausible debt-stabilizing policy that links current stimulus to a subsequent period of spending restraint. Accounting for such spending reversals brings an otherwise standard new Keynesian model in line with the stylized facts of fiscal transmission, including the crowding-in of consumption and the 'puzzle' of real exchange rate depreciation. Time series evidence for the U.S. supports the empirical relevance of spending reversals.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/106

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872538/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009106

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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