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Uncertain Fiscal Consolidations

  • Huixin Bi
  • Eric M. Leeper
  • Campbell Leith

The paper explores the macroeconomic consequences of fiscal consolidations whose timing and composition - either tax- or spending-based - are uncertain. We find that the composition of the fiscal consolidation, its duration, the monetary policy stance, the level of government debt, and expectations over the likelihood and composition of fiscal consolidations all matter in determining the extent to which a given consolidation is expansionary or successful in stabilizing government debt. We argue that the conditions that could render fiscal consolidation efforts expansionary are unlikely to apply in the current economic environment.

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Paper provided by Bank of Canada in its series Staff Working Papers with number 13-26.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:13-26
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