Can Expenditure Cuts Eliminate a Budget Deficit? The Australian Experience
AbstractAustralia Governments since the late 1970's have attempted to eliminate the fiscal deficit through reductions in expenditure. These efforts have failed. With each successive business cycle the Federal Government's budget outcome has been an ever growing deficit. This paper explains the failure of the government to achieve its balanced budget objective through expenditure reductions. It argues that the impact of these expenditure reductions on the course of the business cycle and the long term development of the economy has actually fed back onto the budget outcome in a negative way. These feedbacks have rendered the instruments for achieving its policy objective self-defeating. The paper explores the compositional changes in government outlays, away from capital to current outlays, that have resulted from this policy objective and which may have a detrimental effect on long run growth.
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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 08 Sep 1998
Date of revision: 24 Feb 1999
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- NEP-ALL-1998-10-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-PKE-1998-10-05 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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