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The Effects of Government Spending Under Limited Capital Mobility

  • Wenyi Shen
  • Shu-Chun S. Yang

This paper studies the effects of government spending under limited international capital mobility, as featured by most developing countries. While external financing of government debt mitigates the crowding-out effect, it generates real appreciation, which contracts traded output and lowers the fiscal multiplier in the short run. The decline of the multiplier is larger when facing debt-elastic country risk premia. Also, government spending is more expansionary with more home bias in government purchases, more sectoral rigidities, and a less flexible exchange rate. Whether the twin-deficit hypothesis holds depends crucially on the extent to which government deficits are financed externally.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/129.

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Length: 41
Date of creation: 01 May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/129
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