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How Important are Automatic Stabilizers in Europe? A Stochastic Simulation Assessment

  • Barrell, R.
  • Pina, A.M.

In this paper we formalize budgetary stabilizers as a set of simple policy rules, and assess their operation in an uncertain environment by performing stochastic simulations in a forward-looking multi-country macroeconomic model, NiGEM, comprising individual blocks for 10 Euroland economies.

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Paper provided by European University Institute in its series Economics Working Papers with number eco2000/2.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco2000/2
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