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Fiscal Stimulus with Learning-By-Doing

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  • Antonello d’Alessandro

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Giulio Fella

    () (Queen Mary University of London
    Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM)
    Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Leonardo Melosi

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Abstract

Using a Bayesian SVAR analysis, we document that an increase in government purchases raises private consumption, the real wage and total factor productivity (TFP) while reducing inflation. Each of these facts is hard to reconcile with both neoclassical and New-Keynesian models. We extend a standard New-Keynesian model to allow for skill accumulation through past work experience, following Chang, Gomes and Schorfheide (2002). An increase in government spending increases hours and induces skill accumulation and higher measured TFP and real wages in subsequent periods. Future marginal costs fall lowering future expected inflation and, through the monetary policy rule, the real interest rate. Consumption increases as a result.

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  • Antonello d’Alessandro & Giulio Fella & Leonardo Melosi, 2018. "Fiscal Stimulus with Learning-By-Doing," Discussion Papers 1818, Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM).
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    1. Laurent Ferrara & Luca Metelli & Filippo Natoli & Daniele Siena, 2020. "Questioning the puzzle: Fiscal policy, exchange rate and inflation," Working papers 752, Banque de France.
    2. Klein, Mathias & Linnemann, Ludger, 2020. "The time-varying effect of fiscal policy on inflation: Evidence from historical US data," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 186(C).
    3. Timuno, Sayed O.M & Eita, Joel Hinaunye, 2020. "Towards an effective fiscal stimulus: evidence from Botswana," MPRA Paper 101377, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Mathias Klein & Ludger Linnemann, 2019. "Tax and Spending Shocks in the Open Economy: Are the Deficits Twins?," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1821, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    5. Klein, Mathias & Linnemann, Ludger, 2019. "Tax and spending shocks in the open economy: are the deficits twins?," Working Paper Series 377, Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden).
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    Keywords

    Fiscal policy transmission; Consumption; Real wage;

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    • 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

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