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Credit Constraints and the Government Spending Multiplier

Salem Abo-Zaid and Ahmed H. Kamara

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2020, vol. 116, issue C

Abstract: This paper studies the government spending multiplier in a quantitative model with credit constraints. We have four key results. First, credit constraints reduce the liquidity-trap government spending multiplier. This occurs partly because credit constraints weaken the “expected inflation channel” that has been central to large liquidity-trap spending multipliers in quantitative models. Second, this result holds even if the rise in government spending does not alter the tightness of the credit constraints. Third, the rise in government spending crowds out private borrowing, which leads to tighter credit constraints and even smaller spending multipliers. Fourth, with credit constraints, the liquidity-trap spending multiplier could be smaller than the spending multiplier during normal times.

Keywords: Government spending multiplier; Credit constraints; Inflation; Liquidity trap (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 E62 H30 H50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2020.103901

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