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Fiscal policy and learning

  • Mitra, Kaushik

    ()

    (School of Economics & Finance, University of St Andrews)

  • Evans, George W.

    (University of Oregon and University of St Andrews)

  • Honkapohja , Seppo

    ()

    (Bank of Finland)

Using the standard real business cycle model with lump-sum taxes, we analyze the impact of fiscal policy when agents form expectations using adaptive learning rather than rational expectations (RE). The output multipliers for government purchases are significantly higher under learning, and fall within empirical bounds reported in the literature (in sharp contrast to the implausibly low values under RE). Effectiveness of fiscal policy is demonstrated during times of economic stress like the recent Great Recession. Finally it is shown how leaning can lead to dynamics empirically documented during episodes of "fiscal consolidations".

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 5/2012.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 27 Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2012_005
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