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When is the government spending multiplier large?

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  • Lawrence J. Christiano
  • Martin Eichenbaum
  • Sergio Rebelo

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We argue that the government spending multiplier can be very large when the nominal interest rate is constant. We focus on a natural case in which the interest rate is constant, which is when the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates binds. For the economies that we consider it is optimal to increase government spending in response to shocks that make the zero bound binding.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in its series CQER Working Paper with number 2010-01.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedacq:2010-01

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  1. Ethan Ilzetzki & Enrique G. Mendoza & Carlos A. Végh, 2010. "How Big (Small?) are Fiscal Multipliers?," CEP Discussion Papers dp1016, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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