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When Is Austerity Right?: In Boom, Not Bust


  • Arjun Jayadev
  • Mike Konczal


History shows that austerity does not work when economies are weakening. Some influential studies argue otherwise. These two writers show that the leading such study does not prove the point. If anything, the data show the very opposite. Do not try to cut deficits in recession or weak recovery.

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  • Arjun Jayadev & Mike Konczal, 2010. "When Is Austerity Right?: In Boom, Not Bust," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(6), pages 37-53.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:53:y:2010:i:6:p:37-53
    DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132530602

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    1. Christina D. Romer & David H. Romer, 2010. "The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 100(3), pages 763-801, June.
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    4. John Considine & David Duffy, 2007. "Tales of Expansionary Fiscal Contractions in Two European Countries: Hindsight and Foresight," Working Papers 120, National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics, revised 2007.
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    1. Layna Mosley & Victoria Paniagua & Erik Wibbels, 2020. "Moving markets? Government bond investors and microeconomic policy changes," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(2), pages 197-249, July.
    2. Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2016. "How to Restore Equitable and Sustainable Economic Growth in the United States," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 106(5), pages 43-47, May.
    3. Robert Pollin, 2010. "Austerity Is Not a Solution," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(6), pages 6-36.
    4. Stiglitz, Joseph E., 2016. "America's Great Malaise and what to do about it," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 639-648.

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