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Fiscal retrenchment and the level of economic activity

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  • Giovanni P. Olivei

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I analyze the effects of an expected future reduction in government spending on the current level of economic activity. In a closed-economy dynamic general equilibrium setup with nominal rigidities, it is shown that expected future cuts in government spending generate an increase in current GDP. Nominal rigidities are an essential feature for the emergence of such a result. With perfect flexible prices but in an otherwise identical setup, an expected future decline in government spending entails no increase in the current level of economic activity.

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  • Giovanni P. Olivei, 1999. "Fiscal retrenchment and the level of economic activity," Working Papers 99-3, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, revised 1999.
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    1. Alberto Alesina & Silvia Ardagna & Roberto Perotti & Fabio Schiantarelli, 2002. "Fiscal Policy, Profits, and Investment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(3), pages 571-589, June.

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    Expenditures; Public; Gross domestic product;

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