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The macroeconomics of fiscal consolidations in a Monetary Union: the case of Italy

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  • Massimiliano Pisani

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Andrea Gerali

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Lorenzo Forni

    (Bank of Italy)

Our main results are: (1) reducing tax distortions would entail significant welfare gains; (2) among expenditures, it is preferable to cut purchases of good and services or public employment than transfers to households; (3) it is preferable to cut taxes and expenditures at the same time: tax cuts more than compensate for the welfare costs of reducing expenditures; (4) cutting taxes immediately rather than with a delay entails only a negligible slowdown in the pace of public debt reduction and might deliver a higher level of welfare during the transition.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 863.

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