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What Determines Government Spending Multipliers?, Gernot Müller, Andre Meier, Giancarlo Corsetti

This paper studies how the effects of government spending vary with the economic environment. Using a panel of OECD countries, we identify fiscal shocks as residuals from an estimated spending rule and trace their macroeconomic impact under different conditions regarding the exchange rate regime, public indebtedness, and health of the financial system. The unconditional responses to a positive spending shock broadly confirm earlier findings. However, conditional responses differ systematically across exchange rate regimes, as real appreciation and external deficits occur mainly under currency pegs. We also find output and consumption multipliers to be unusually high during times of financial crisis
Table Of Contents
Cover; 1 Introduction; 2 Fiscal policy in different economic environments; 2.1 A theoretical benchmark; 2.2 Pegged exchange rates; 2.3 Weak public finances; 2.4 Financial crises; 3 Empirical strategy; 3.1 Identification issues; 3.2 The first step: Identifying government spending shocks; 3.3 The second step: Tracing the effects of government spending in different economic environments; 3.4 The data; 4 Systematic and non-systematic changes in government spending; 5 The effects of government spending shocks; 5.1 Unconditional effects; 5.2 Accounting for the economic environment
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non fiction
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