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Fiscal Expansions and Fiscal Adjustments in OECD Countries


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  • Alberto Alesina
  • Roberto Perotti


This paper considers budget expansions and adjustments in OECD countries in the last three decades. Our main results are: i) on average fiscal expansions are the results of increases in expenditures, particularly of transfer programs, while contractions are typically due to tax increases; ii) however successful (i.e. long lasting), a minority of the total rely primarily on reduction of government wages and employment and cuts in transfer programs; iii) even major successful fiscal adjustments do not seem to have recessionary consequences, on average; iv) different types of governments show different degrees of success at implementing successful fiscal adjustment, with coalition governments showing the worst performance.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5214.

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Date of creation: Aug 1995
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Publication status: Published as "Fiscal Adjustments in OECD Countries: Composition and Macroeconomic Effects", IMF, Vol. 44, no. 2 (June 1997): 210-248.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5214

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