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Discretionary Policy versus Non-Discretionary Policy in the Economic Adjustment Process

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  • Dinga, Emil

    () (Center for Financial and Monetary Research “Victor Slăvescu”, Romanian Academy)

  • Ionescu, Cornel

    (Center for Financial and Monetary Research “Victor Slăvescu”, Romanian Academy)

  • Padurean, Elena

    (Center for Financial and Monetary Research “Victor Slăvescu”, Romanian Academy)

Abstract

The study aims to examine the concept of automatic fiscal stabilization in the context of macroeconomic adjustment policies. To this end, first a conceptual distinction between discretionary public adjustment policies and non-discretionary ones is achieved. Second, sufficient and necessary attributes for an automatic fiscal stabilizer are identified and examined, in order to obtain a definition of this instrument. The whole research approach is characterized by a logical and abstract way of thinking, to provide a general and non-contextual result. Finally, a general mechanism of action of automatic fiscal stabilizers is proposed, by introducing the basic concepts of action base and of action rate of such an instrument.

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  • Dinga, Emil & Ionescu, Cornel & Padurean, Elena, 2010. "Discretionary Policy versus Non-Discretionary Policy in the Economic Adjustment Process," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(4), pages 184-207, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rjr:romjef:v::y:2010:i:4:p:184-207
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    1. Campeanu, Emilia Mioara, 2011. "The Stabilising Role Of The Fiscal And Budgetary Policies Within The Simplified Keynesian Model," Studii Financiare (Financial Studies), Centre of Financial and Monetary Research "Victor Slavescu", vol. 15(2), pages 119-138.

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    Keywords

    sustainability; fiscal policy; automatic fiscal stabilizers; discretionary versus nondiscretionary; principle of the minimal action;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents

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