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Fiscal Targets, Automatic Stabilisers and their Effects on Output

  • Ray Barrell
  • Ian Hurst
  • Álvaro Pina

In this paper we review the European macroeconomic policy framework, and address the issue of setting safe deficit targets - targets that make it very unlikely that a country exceeds the 3 per cent ceiling of the Stability and Growth Pact. In this context, the scope for an increase in public investment is discussed. We also look at automatic stabilizers and argue that their ability to smooth output depends on the kind of disturbance that hits the economy.

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Paper provided by ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon in its series Working Papers Department of Economics with number 2002/05.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ise:isegwp:wp52002
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, Rua do Quelhas 6, 1200-781 LISBON, PORTUGAL
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