Fundamental Determinants of the Effects of Fiscal Policy

Author/Editor:

Manmohan S. Kumar ; Dennis P Botman

Publication Date:

March 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We explore the underlying determinants of the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy and tax and social security reform using the Global Fiscal Model (GFM). We show that the planning horizon of consumers, access to financial markets, and the elasticity of labor supply, as well as the characteristics of utility and production functions, and the degree of competition are all critical for determining the impact of fiscal policy. Four topical fiscal policy issues, for a representative large and small economy, are examined: the effects of changes in government debt; higher government spending; tax reform; and privatization of retirement savings.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/72

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451863321/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006072

Format:

Paper

Pages:

46

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