Fiscal retrenchment and the level of economic activity
AbstractI analyze the effects of an expected future reduction in government spending on the current level of economic activity. In a closed-economy dynamic general equilibrium setup with nominal rigidities, it is shown that expected future cuts in government spending generate an increase in current GDP. Nominal rigidities are an essential feature for the emergence of such a result. With perfect flexible prices but in an otherwise identical setup, an expected future decline in government spending entails no increase in the current level of economic activity.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its series Working Papers with number 99-3.
Date of creation: 1999
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