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  • David Aschauer

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This paper develops and implements a neoclassical model of fiscal policy. The paper's main empirical hypothesis is that government non-military investment spending is more expansionary than is either government consumption or military investment. The paper utilizes annual data to support the hypothesis. It finds that output "multipliers" for government non-military investment significantly exceed unity while multipliers for government consumption and military investment lie below unity. The paper also finds that public sector deficits-both actual and cyclically adjusted-contain minor explanatory power for output when one controls for the effects of non-military investment. Copyright 1990 Western Economic Association International.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Staff Memoranda with number 88-3.

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Date of creation: 1988
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhsm:88-3

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Keywords: Expenditures; Public ; Fiscal policy;

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  2. N Bose & M E Haque & D R Osborn, 2003. "Public Expenditure and Growth in Developing Countries: Education is the Key," Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research Discussion Paper Series 30, Economics, The Univeristy of Manchester.
  3. Ansari, M. I., 1996. "Monetary vs. fiscal policy: Some evidence from vector autoregression for India," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 677-698.
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  6. Ansari, M. I., 2002. "Impact of financial development, money, and public spending on Malaysian national income: an econometric study," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(1), pages 72-93.
  7. Sharon J. Erenburg, . "Linking Public Capital to Economic Performance, Public Capital: The Missing Link Between Investment and Economic Growth ," Economics Public Policy Brief Archive 14, Levy Economics Institute.
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  10. Fu, Feng-Cheng & Vijverberg, Chu-Ping C. & Vijverberg, Wim P., 2004. "Public Infrastructure as a Determinant of Intertemporal and Interregional Productive Performance in China," IZA Discussion Papers 1019, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  11. G.E. Hebbink, 2000. "Demographic ageing and sustainability of fiscal policy: projections with a renewed generational accounting model," WO Research Memoranda (discontinued) 609, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  12. Ramirez, Miguel D., 2006. "Is foreign direct investment beneficial for Mexico? An empirical analysis, 1960-2001," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 802-817, May.

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