On the ease of overstating the fiscal stimulus in the US, 2008-9
AbstractThis note shows that the aggregate fiscal expenditure stimulus in the United States, properly adjusted for the declining fiscal expenditure of the fifty states, was close to zero in 2009. While the Federal government stimulus prevented a net decline in aggregate fiscal expenditure, it did not stimulate the aggregate expenditure above its predicted mean. We discuss the implications of limitations on states' ability to run deficits for the design of fiscal stimulus at the federal level. We devote particular attention to intertemporal moral hazard concerns in a federal fiscal system, and ways to address these concerns.
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- Aizenman, Joshua & Pasricha, Gurnain K., 2010. "On the ease of overstating the fiscal stimulus in the US, 2008-9 ," Santa Cruz Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt3vr12659, Department of Economics, UC Santa Cruz.
- Aizenman, Joshua & Pasricha, Gurnain Kaur, 2010. "On the ease of overstating the fiscal stimulus in the US, 2008-9," Santa Cruz Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt5rf688t2, Department of Economics, UC Santa Cruz.
- E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
- F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
- H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
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