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Fiscal policy, banks and the financial crisis

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  • Robert Kollmann

    (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Université Paris-Est
    CEPR)

  • Marco Ratto

    (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

  • Werner Roeger

    (DG-ECFIN, European Commission)

  • Jan in't Veld

    (DG-ECFIN, European Commission)

Abstract

This paper studies the effectiveness of Euro Area (EA) fiscal policy, during the recent financial crisis, using an estimated New Keynesian model with a bank. A key dimension of policy in the crisis was massive government support for banks—that dimension has so far received little attention in the macro literature. We use the estimated model to analyze the effects of bank asset losses, of government support for banks, and other fiscal stimulus measures, in the EA. Our results suggest that support for banks had a stabilizing effect on EA output, consumption and investment. Increased government purchases helped to stabilize output, but crowded out consumption. Higher transfers to households had a positive impact on private consumption, but a negligible effect on output and investment. Banking shocks and increased government spending explain half of the rise in the public debt/GDP ratio since the onset of the crisis.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Belgium in its series Working Paper Research with number 234.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:201210-234

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Keywords: financial crisis; bank rescue measures; fiscal policy;

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  1. Robert Kollmann, 2013. "Global Banks, Financial Shocks, and International Business Cycles: Evidence from an Estimated Model," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 45(s2), pages 159-195, December.
  2. In 'T Veld, Jan & Kollmann, Robert & Pataracchia, Beatrice & Ratto, Marco & Roeger, Werner, 2014. "International Capital Flows and the Boom-Bust Cycle in Spain," CEPR Discussion Papers 9957, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Kollmann, Robert & Ratto, Marco & Roeger, Werner & in 't Veld, Jan & Vogel, Lukas, 2014. "What drives the German current account? and how does it affect other EU member states?," Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute Working Paper 176, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  4. Javier Bianchi, 2012. "Efficient bailouts?," Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute Working Paper 133, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
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