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Discretionary Fiscal Policy: Review and Estimates for the EU

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  • Roel Beetsma
  • Massimo Giuliodori

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We briefly review the theoretical and empirical consequences of discretionary fiscal policy changes, after which we provide our own estimates for the EU countries. A fiscal expansion raises output and consumption and reduces the trade balance. Moreover, the stimulating effect of higher government purchases is weaker and the trade balance reduction is larger for more open EU economies, consistent with larger leakage effects. Further direct estimates suggest that fiscal expansions in large EU economies have non-negligible consequences for economic activity in the main trading partners. This provides a rationale for the concerted fiscal expansion recently initiated by the European Commission.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2948.

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