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Fiscal policy and productivity growth in the OECD

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  • Steven P. Cassou
  • Kevin J. Lansing

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We use a simple endogenous growth model with productive public capital to investigate the degree to which observed fiscal policies in eight OECD countries can account for slowdowns in the growth rates of aggregate labor productivity since 1970. In model simulations, we find that none of the observed public capital policies can generate slowdowns of sufficient magnitude to match those in the data. For most countries in our sample, a simulation that combines the observed public capital policy with the observed tax policy does a better job of accounting for the slowdown than either policy in isolation.

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  • Steven P. Cassou & Kevin J. Lansing, 1999. "Fiscal policy and productivity growth in the OECD," Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory 99-02, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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    Keywords

    Fiscal policy ; Infrastructure (Economics);

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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