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Determinants of Cyclicality of Fiscal Surpluses in The OECD Countries

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  • Michal Mackiewicz

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    (Institute of Economics, University of Lodz)

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    In this paper we examine factors that make some governments revert to procyclical fiscal policies despite the standard normative prescription being to conduct fiscal policy countercyclically. In order to avoid the pitfalls of the two-step methods previous studies have typically used we used a one-step method with interaction variables. We found robust statistical evidence that procyclical fiscal policies are typically run by countries with weak institutions. There was also some empirical support for a hypothesis that countries that have accumulated a high debt-to-GDP ratio tend to run procyclical fiscal policies, possibly as a result of the financial constraints. We found no evidence that any other variable among the ones suggested in the literature explains the way in which governments react to the business cycle.

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    Paper provided by Institute of Economics, University of Lodz in its series Working Papers with number 0101.

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    Length: 46 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2006
    Date of revision: Feb 2007
    Handle: RePEc:ldz:wpaper:0101

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    Keywords: procyclical fiscal policy; financial constraints; fiscal institutions;

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