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How Much Consumption Responds to Government Stimulus

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  • Marios Karabarbounis
  • Marianna Kudlyak
  • M. Saif Mehkari

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What is the effect of government spending on private consumption? Estimates show that stimulus distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had a large positive effect. Estimates from regional data suggest every $100 of stimulus generated an additional $18 within regions. Furthermore, by accounting for economic connections that spread the impact beyond regional borders, a new study finds that every $100 triggered an increase of $40 in overall private consumption in the economy.

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  • Marios Karabarbounis & Marianna Kudlyak & M. Saif Mehkari, 2018. "How Much Consumption Responds to Government Stimulus," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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