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Essays In Fiscal Policy And State Dependence Fiscal Policy Innovations Using A New Econometric Approach

Kwabena Ackon

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Unparalleled is a word that best describes the current state of advanced economies. Interest rates are low in many advanced countries and negative in a few others suggesting that monetary policy has lost its effectiveness. The economic policy tool that has not been implemented yet by many advanced economies is fiscal policy. This research studies the effect of fiscal policy in USA, UK and Germany and find positive effects of extra government purchases on output, inflation, private consumption, business investment, wages and hours worked. As a contribution to the academic literature on fiscal policy, this thesis estimates the impact of automatic stabilisers on economic activity and finds it holds predictive content for the path of output and inflation with both showing a positive response. Furthermore, this research adds to the literature on state-dependence fiscal policy by using a novel econometric approach to study the effect of expansionary fiscal policy during recessions.

Keywords: Fiscal Policy; Government; Expenditure; Revenue; Taxes; Interest Rate; Inflation; Econometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E2 E24 H3 H4 H41 H6 H7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-06-01
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