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Fiscal policy shocks in the euro area and the US: an empirical assessment

Pablo Burriel (), Francisco de Castro Fernández (), Daniel Garrote, Esther Gordo (), Joan Paredes () and Javier Pérez ()

No 1133, Working Paper Series from European Central Bank

Abstract: We analyse the impact of fiscal policy shocks in the euro area as a whole, using a newly available quarterly dataset of fiscal variables for the period 1981-2007. To allow for comparability with previous results on euro area countries and the US, we use a standard structural VAR framework, and study the impact of aggregated and disaggregated government spending and net taxes shocks. In addition, to frame euro area results, we apply the same methodology for the same sample period to US data. We also explore the sensitivity of the provided results to the inclusion of variables aiming at measuring “financial stress” (increases in risk) and “fiscal stress” (sustainability concerns). Analysing US and euro area data with a common methodology provides some interesting insights on the interpretation of fiscal policy shocks. JEL Classification: E62, H30

Keywords: euro area; Fiscal multipliers.; fiscal shocks; SVAR (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-eec and nep-mac
Note: 1389528
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