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Government debt, inflation dynamics and the transmission of fiscal policy shocks

  • Mayer, Eric
  • Rüth, Sebastian
  • Scharler, Johann

We analyze the influence of the fiscal position on the transmission of government spending shocks in a New Keynesian model. We find that once we allow for positive levels of government debt in the steady state, the size of the fiscal multiplier depends strongly on the horizon at which the multiplier is evaluated. While the long-run effect of a fiscal policy innovation is typically of a similar order of magnitude as in Galí et al. (2007), short-run multipliers differ substantially. The reason for this non-monotonic behavior is the interaction between the dynamics of the inflation rate and the debt level in real terms for sufficiently high levels of government debt in the steady state.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 762-771

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