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Euro membership and fiscal reaction functions


  • Alfons Weichenrieder


  • Jochen Zimmer


The paper uses fiscal reaction functions for a panel of euro-area countries. We investigate whether euro membership has reduced the responsiveness to shocks in the level of inherited debt. Compared with the performance in the period between signing of the Maastricht Treaty and introduction of the euro, membership has significantly reduced the average responsiveness. Conversely, when compared to the period before the Maastricht Treaty, euro membership is associated with a larger responsiveness. The results are sensitive to changes in the specification, such as an exclusion of Greece from the panel. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Alfons Weichenrieder & Jochen Zimmer, 2014. "Euro membership and fiscal reaction functions," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 21(4), pages 598-613, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:21:y:2014:i:4:p:598-613 DOI: 10.1007/s10797-013-9299-3

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    1. Piotr Ciżkowicz & Andrzej Rzońca & Rafał Trzeciakowski, 2015. "Windfall of Low Interest Payments and Fiscal Sustainability in the Euro Area: Analysis through Panel Fiscal Reaction Functions," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 68(4), pages 475-510, November.
    2. Dirk Bursian & Alfons Weichenrieder & Jochen Zimmer, 2015. "Trust in government and fiscal adjustments," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 22(4), pages 663-682, August.
    3. Paniagua, Jordi & Sapena, Juan & Tamarit, Cecilio, 2017. "Fiscal sustainability in EMU countries: A continued fiscal commitment?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 85-97.
    4. Karlis Vilerts & Olegs Tkacevs, 2016. "The Impact of Sovereign Bond Yields on Fiscal Discipline," Working Papers 2016/05, Latvijas Banka.
    5. Checherita-Westphal, Cristina & Žďárek, Václav, 2017. "Fiscal reaction function and fiscal fatigue: evidence for the euro area," Working Paper Series 2036, European Central Bank.
    6. Ferdinandusse, Marien & Checherita-Westphal, Cristina & Attinasi, Maria Grazia & Bańkowski, Krzysztof & Palaiodimos, Georgios & Trindade Campos, Maria Manuel, 2017. "Euro area fiscal stance," Occasional Paper Series 182, European Central Bank.

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    Debt sustainability; Fiscal reaction function; Euro area; H62; E62;

    JEL classification:

    • H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy


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