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From micro to macro: public policies and aggregate economic performance

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  • Tim Besley

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and London School of Economics and Bank of England)

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This paper provides an overview of the link between policy and economic growth. It stresses that while growth, as measured and discussed, is a macroeconomic phenomenon, the best available evidence of policy effectiveness is typically from studies using micro data. It also reiterates the message that divergence between private and social returns is a key part of the evidence needed to discuss what kinds of policy intervention are desirable.

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  • Tim Besley, 2001. "From micro to macro: public policies and aggregate economic performance," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 22(3), pages 357-374, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:22:y:2001:i:3:p:357-374
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    Keywords

    economic growth; microeconomic policy;

    JEL classification:

    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General

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