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Fiscal Stabilisation Policy and Fiscal Institutions

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  • Campbell Leith

    (University of Glasgow)

  • Simon Wren-lewis

    (University of Exeter)

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In this paper we analyse countercyclical fiscal policy within the context of a microfounded analysis of business cycle stabilisation. We show that tax and spending instruments can have a useful counter cyclical role, even after allowing for the distortionary nature of the instruments and the need for debt sustainability. A critical barrier to the use of fiscal instruments may be political economy concerns, and we survey recent suggestions involving alternative fiscal policy institutions.

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  • Campbell Leith & Simon Wren-lewis, 2006. "Fiscal Stabilisation Policy and Fiscal Institutions," WEF Working Papers 0007, ESRC World Economy and Finance Research Programme, Birkbeck, University of London.
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    1. Some Thoughts on Fiscal Rules
      by Mainly Macro in Mainly Macro on 2012-12-10 05:41:00
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      by Managing Editor in British Politics and Policy at LSE on 2012-12-11 14:00:52
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