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Fiscal Consolidations under Fixed Exchange Rates

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  • Paola Casell

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We present the “fixed exchange rate” version of the Obstfeld and Rogoff model and analyze the international transmission of fiscal policy shocks. It is shown that the welfare effects of an unanticipated contraction in government expenditure in the home country crucially depend on the way in which world money stock is set. If home authorities alone are responsible for pegging the exchange rate, a fiscal adjustment induces a decrease in the real interest rate, stimulates private consumption and limits the contraction in world output, compared with a situation in which a cooperative scheme is implemented. The model is then used to propose a new interpretation of recent events in the EU countries that have enacted restrictive fiscal policies while pegging their currencies to the DM.

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  • Paola Casell, 1998. "Fiscal Consolidations under Fixed Exchange Rates," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 336, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    1. Lane, Philip R., 2001. "The new open economy macroeconomics: a survey," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 235-266, August.

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    Keywords

    exchange rate; social welfare; fiscal policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General

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