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What Do We Know About the Effects of Fiscal Policy Shocks? A Comparative Analysis

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  • Dario Caldara

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    (Economics IIES)

  • Christophe Kamps

    (European Central Bank)

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The empirical literature studying the effects of fiscal policy shocks using VAR models differs among two important dimensions: the identification scheme and the VAR specification. Not surprisingly the results obtained are often diverse. The aim of this paper is to test whether differences in the results can be explained by different VAR specifications and/or alternative identification strategies. To this end, we estimate a common reduced-form VAR model to which we apply the different identification approaches proposed in the literature. We find that, after controlling for specification issues, the recursive approach and the Blanchard-Perotti approach yield very similar results, while the fiscal dummy variable approach yields significantly different results.

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 with number 257.

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Keywords: Fiscal Policy Shocks; VAR analysis;

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  1. Hess Chung & Eric Leeper, 2007. "What Has Financed Government Debt?," Caepr Working Papers 2007-015, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
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