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Sustainability of public finances and automatic stabilisation under a rule of budgetary discipline

  • Marín, José M.
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    This paper addresses the question of how a fiscal rule of a general type can preserve the sustainability of public finances and provide automatic stabilisation, taking as given interest rates and price stability. This issue can be considered complementary to the analysis of monetary policy rules, whose targets are price stability and often also output stabilisation, assuming that fiscal policy guarantees the sustainability of public finances. Considering the institutional framework provided by the Stability and Growth Pact, the paper also draws some policy conclusions. JEL Classification: E61, H62, H63

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    Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 0193.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20020193
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    1. Michael Woodford, 2001. "Fiscal Requirements for Price Stability," NBER Working Papers 8072, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    7. Matthew B. Canzoneri & Robert E. Cumby & Behzad T. Diba, 2002. "Should the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve be concerned about fiscal policy?," Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 333-389.
    8. Buti, Marco & Franco, Daniele & Ongena, Hedwig, 1998. "Fiscal Discipline and Flexibility in EMU: The Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 14(3), pages 81-97, Autumn.
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