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An Exploration of Optimal Stabilization Policy

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  • N. Gregory Mankiw
  • Matthew C. Weinzierl

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This paper examines the optimal response of monetary and fiscal policy to a decline in aggregate demand. The theoretical framework is a two-period general equilibrium model in which prices are sticky in the short run and flexible in the long run. Policy is evaluated by how well it raises the welfare of the representative household. While the model has Keynesian features, its policy prescriptions differ significantly from textbook Keynesian analysis. Moreover, the model suggests that the commonly used "bang for the buck" calculations are potentially misleading guides for the welfare effects of alternative fiscal policies.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17029.

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Date of creation: May 2011
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Publication status: published as N. Gregory Mankiw & Matthew weinzierl, 2011. "An Exploration of Optimal Stabilization Policy," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 42(1 (Spring), pages 209-272.
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  1. What is a sticky price?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-06-23 15:03:00
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  2. Bacchetta, Philippe & van Wincoop, Eric, 2013. "The Great Recession: A Self-Fulfilling Global Panic," CEPR Discussion Papers 9487, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. J. Bradford DeLong & Lawrence H. Summers, 2012. "Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 44(1 (Spring), pages 233-297.
  4. Marco Battaglini & Stephen Coate, 2011. "Fiscal Policy and Unemployment," NBER Working Papers 17562, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Zsolt Darvas & Erkki Vihriälä, 2013. "Does the European Semester deliver the right policy advice?," Policy Contributions 793, Bruegel.
  6. Kaszab, Lorant, 2012. "Rule-of-Thumb Consumers and Labor Tax Cut Policy in the Zero Lower Bound," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2012/13, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section, revised Apr 2013.

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