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Macro-economic Effects of the Fiscal Stimulus Measures in Austria

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  • Fritz Breuss

    (WIFO)

  • Serguei Kaniovski

    (WIFO)

  • Margit Schratzenstaller

    (WIFO)

Abstract

In order to cushion the impact of the financial and economic crisis on the real economy, the Austrian government adopted fiscal stabilisation packages. Relative to GDP, these are among the largest in an international comparison, amounting to 4.2 percent of 2008 GDP in cumulative terms and including similar measures taken by the Länder (federal states). Simulations with the WIFO macro-economic model suggest that these measures, together with those taken by Austria's major trading partners, contribute substantially towards limiting the repercussions of the crisis, reducing the fall in GDP in 2010 by 2.1 percentage points. With a share of less than 30 percent of the total amount spent, investment geared towards raising potential growth in the future receives less emphasis than in a sample of 11 OECD countries with an average share of almost 40 percent.

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  • Fritz Breuss & Serguei Kaniovski & Margit Schratzenstaller, 2009. "Macro-economic Effects of the Fiscal Stimulus Measures in Austria," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 14(4), pages 205-216, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wquart:y:2009:i:4:p:205-216
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    2. Fritz Breuss, 2016. "The Crisis Management of the ECB," WIFO Working Papers 507, WIFO.
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    5. AIGINGER Karl, 2011. "Why Performance Differed Across Countries In The Recent Crisis," Revista Economica, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 55(2), pages 20-27.
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    7. Fritz Breuss, 2009. "The Financial Crisis as a Stock Market Overshooting Phenomenon: A Theoretical Analysis," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 82(12), pages 933-941, December.
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