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The Cyclical Behaviour of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from the OECD

  • Philip R. Lane

This paper addresses the topic of cyclicality in fiscal policy. In particular, we show that the level of cyclicality varies across spending categories and across OECD countries. In line with leading theories of fiscal cyclicality, we show that countries with volatile output and dispersed political power are the most likely to run procyclical fiscal policies. Wage government consumption is highlighted as the most important channel by which these variables affect fiscal cyclicality

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number 20022.

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