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The International Transmission and Effects of Fiscal Policies

  • Jacob A. Frenkel
  • Assaf Razin

In recent years the world economy has been subject to large and unsyncronized changes in fiscal policies, high and volatile real rates of tnterest, large fluctuations in real exchange rates, and significant variations in private-sector spending. This paper reviews some of the key facts characterizing the effects of fiscal policies during the first half of the 1980s and provides a simple analytical framework suitable for the interpretation of these facts. The analytical framework builds on a two-country model of the world economy which is applied to the analysis of the transmission and effects of various changes in the time profile of taxes and of government spending. Generally, the predictions of the model concerning the relation among the intercountry patterns of consumption, long and short-term real rates of interest, real exchange rates and fiscal policies are consistent with the stylized facts.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1799.

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Date of creation: Jan 1986
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Publication status: published as Frenkel, Jacob A. and Assaf Razin. "The International Transmission and Effects of Fiscal Policies," American Economic Review, Vol. 76, no. 2, May 1986, pp. 330-335.
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  1. William H. Branson, 1985. "Causes of appreciation and volatility of the dollar," Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 33-63.
  2. Olivier J. Blanchard, 1984. "Debt, Deficits and Finite Horizons," NBER Working Papers 1389, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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