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Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth

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  • Martin Zagler
  • Georg Dürnecker

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This paper surveys the literature on fiscal policy and economic growth. We present a unifying framework for the analysis of long run growth implications of government expenditures and revenues. We find that several tax rates and expenditure categories exhibit a direct impact on the growth rate of the economy. In a creative synthesis we have assigned the relevant literature to the twelve introduced policy variables. Due to the equivalence of some policy variables we are left with six degrees of freedom, where we need four to internalize the model’s intrinsic externalities, leaving two instruments to conduct short run fiscal policy.

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  • Martin Zagler & Georg Dürnecker, 2003. "Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(3), pages 397-418, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecsur:v:17:y:2003:i:3:p:397-418
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-6419.00199
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