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Large Changes in Fiscal Policy: Taxes versus Spending

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  • Alesina, Alberto Francesco
  • Ardagna, Silvia
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    We examine the evidence on episodes of large stances in fiscal policy, both in cases of fiscal stimuli and in that of fiscal adjustments in OECD countries from 1970 to 2007. Fiscal stimuli based upon tax cuts are more likely to increase growth than those based upon spending increases. As for fiscal adjustments, those based upon spending cuts and no tax increases are more likely to reduce deficits and debt over GDP ratios than those based upon tax increases. In addition, adjustments on the spending side rather than on the tax side are less likely to create recessions. We confirm these results with simple regression analysis.

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    Paper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 22801844.

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    Date of creation: 2010
    Publication status: Published in Tax Policy and the Economy
    Handle: RePEc:hrv:faseco:22801844
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