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Government Size and Business Cycle Volatility: How Important are Credit Constraints?

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  • Markus Leibrecht
  • Johann Scharler

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type="main" xml:id="ecca12103-abs-0001"> In this paper we analyse how the availability of credit influences the relationship between government size as a proxy for fiscal stabilization policy and the amplitude of business cycle fluctuations in a sample of advanced OECD countries. Interpreting relatively low loan-to-value ratios as an indication of tight credit constraints, we find that government size exerts a stabilizing effect on output and consumption growth fluctuations only when credit constraints are relatively tight. Our results provide support for the hypothesis that credit market frictions play a crucial role in the transmission of fiscal policy.

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  • Markus Leibrecht & Johann Scharler, 2015. "Government Size and Business Cycle Volatility: How Important are Credit Constraints?," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 82(326), pages 201-221, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:82:y:2015:i:326:p:201-221
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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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