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Growth Forecast Errors and Fiscal Multipliers, Olivier Blanchard, Daniel Leigh

This paper investigates the relation between growth forecast errors and planned fiscal consolidation during the crisis. We find that, in advanced economies, stronger planned fiscal consolidation has been associated with lower growth than expected, with the relation being particularly strong, both statistically and economically, early in the crisis. A natural interpretation is that fiscal multipliers were substantially higher than implicitly assumed by forecasters. The weaker relation in more recent years may reflect in part learning by forecasters and in part smaller multipliers than in the early years of the crisis
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; I. Introduction; II. Forecast Errors and Fiscal Consolidation Forecasts; A. Specification and Data; B. Results; III. Robustness; A. Choice of Economies and Role of Outliers; B. Controlling for Other Variables; Actual vs. Planned Fiscal Consolidation; C. Different Forecast Vintages; IV. Extensions; A. Government Spending and Revenue; B. Components of Aggregate Spending and Unemployment; C. Alternative Forecasts; V. Conclusions; Appendix; References; Tables; Table 1. Main Results; Table 2. Europe: Robustness to Additional Controls; Table 3. Europe: Two-stage Least Squares
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non fiction
"January 2013."
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1 online resource (44 p.)
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