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Structural Change in Fiscal Policy and The Permanence of Fiscal Contractions - The Case of Denmark and Ireland

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  • Hjelm, Göran

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Johansson, Martin W

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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    Instead of relying on descriptive statistics to evaluate the permanence of a fiscal contraction, this paper suggests that this issue should be studied using tests for structural breaks in cointegrating relationships between taxes and spending. We label a fiscal contraction as 'permanent' if a structural break is detected during the contraction period. Applying Gregory and Hansen's (1996) test on Danish and Irish data and find that the fiscal contraction in Ireland (1987-1989) induced a structural change in fiscal policy while the results from the Danish data do not imply such a regime shift. We discuss possible explanations for this finding

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    Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2002:11.

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    Length: 12 pages
    Date of creation: 21 Mar 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2002_011

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    Keywords: Fiscal Policy; Fiscal contraction; Cointegration; Structural breaks;

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