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Countercyclical policy and the speed of recovery after recessions

Neville Francis, Laura E. Jackson and Michael Owyang ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Laura Jackson and Laura Jackson Young ()

No 2013-032, Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Abstract: We consider the effect of some policies intended to shorten recessions and accelerate recoveries. Our innovation is to analyze the duration of the recoveries of various U.S. states, which gives us a cross-section of both state- and national-level policies. Because we study multiple recessions for the same state and multiple states for the same recession, we can control for differences in the economic conditions preceding recessions and the causes of the recessions when evaluating various policies. We find that expansionary monetary policy at the national level helps to stimulate the exit of individual states from recession. We find that exogenous measures of decreases in taxes or targeted increases in federal spending reduce recovery times for state-recessions. We also find ambient economic conditions can extend expected recovery times: other states in the same region suffering from recession around the same time, the length of the preceding recession, and increases in oil prices.

Keywords: business cycles; survival analysis; variable selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 E32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2013, Revised 2014-01-01
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DOI: 10.20955/wp.2013.032

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