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Fiscal Foresight, Limited Information and the Effects of Government Spending Shocks

  • Matteo Fragetta


    (University of Salerno, Department of Economics and Statistics)

  • Emanuel Gasteiger


    (ISCTE-IUL, Business School, Department of Economics and BRU-IUL)

We quantify the impact of government spending shocks in the US. Thereby, we control for fiscal foresight by utilizing the narrative approach. Moreover, we surmount the generic limited information problem inherent in vector autoregressions (VARs) by a factor-augmented VAR (FAVAR) approach. We find that a positive deficit-financed defense shock raises output by more than in a VAR (e.g. 2.61 vs. 2.04 for peak multipliers). Furthermore, our evidence suggests that consumption is crowded in. These results are robust to different variants of controlling for fiscal foresight and reveal the crucial role of the limited information problem in fiscal VARs.

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Paper provided by ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL) in its series Working Papers Series 2 with number 12-02.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:isc:iscwp2:bruwp1202
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