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Fiscal Foresight, Forecast Revisions and the Effects of Government Spending in the Open Economy

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  • Luca Gambetti

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This paper investigates the effects of government spending on the real exchange rate and the trade balance in the US using a new VAR identification procedure based on spending forecast revisions. I find that the real exchange rate appreciates and the trade balance deteriorates after a government spending shock, although the effects are quantitatively small. The findings broadly match the theoretical predictions of the standard Mundell-Fleming model and differ substantially from those existing in literature. Differences are attributable to the fact that, be- cause of fiscal foresight, the government spending is non-fundamental for the variables typically used in open economy VARs. Here, on the contrary, the estimated shock is fundamental.

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Paper provided by Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC) in its series UFAE and IAE Working Papers with number 907.12.

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Date of creation: 22 Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:aub:autbar:907.12

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Keywords: VARs; fiscal policy; twin deficits; trade balance; Mundell-Fleming; forecast revisions; fiscal news; survey of professional forecasters.;

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  1. Giacomo de Giorgi & Luca Gambetti, 2012. "The Effects of Government Spending on the Distribution of Consumption," Working Papers 645, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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