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It's not austerity. Or is it? Assessing the effect of austerity on growth in the European Union, 2010-15

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  • Fragetta, Matteo
  • Tamborini, Roberto

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We present a new econometric study of the effects of fiscal austerity on growth from 2010 to 2015 in a panel of the EU countries and the US as a proxy for the rest of the world, controlling for other conditioning factors put forward in the ”it's not austerity” view of the prolonged EU depression (low growth trend, loss of competitiveness, high sovereign debt and spread, excess taxation). Austerity remains significant with a negative effect in a range between 0.65 and 1.57 in the short run, and with spending cuts less harmful in the long run.

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  • Fragetta, Matteo & Tamborini, Roberto, 2019. "It's not austerity. Or is it? Assessing the effect of austerity on growth in the European Union, 2010-15," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 196-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:62:y:2019:i:c:p:196-212
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2019.03.013
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    EMU; Fiscal consolidation; Panel time series;
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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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