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A Decomposition of Austria's General Government Budget into Structural and Cyclical Components

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  • Serguei Kaniovski

    (WIFO)

  • Hans Pitlik

    (WIFO)

  • Sandra Steindl

    (WIFO)

  • Thomas Url

    (WIFO)

Abstract

The paper describes a model for computing the trend output and the structural budget deficit in Austria. The calculation of trend output is based on a production function approach within a small macroeconomic model of the Austrian economy. A decomposition of public budgets into cyclical and structural components shows responsiveness to business cycle variations, and allows a better assessment of the sustainability of the budget balance. The model will be used in future forecasting rounds and links macroeconomic and budgetary variables of the WIFO Economic Outlook to estimates for trend output and the structural budget deficit. Until now, such decomposition has not been part of the regular WIFO forecast.

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  • Serguei Kaniovski & Hans Pitlik & Sandra Steindl & Thomas Url, 2008. "A Decomposition of Austria's General Government Budget into Structural and Cyclical Components," WIFO Working Papers 316, WIFO.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2008:i:316
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    1. repec:wfo:wstudy:36361 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Josef Baumgartner & Serguei Kaniovski & Hans Pitlik & Margit Schratzenstaller & Thomas Url, 2011. "Exports Drive Growth – Domestic Demand Remains Subdued. Medium-term Projections for the Austrian Economy until 2015," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 16(1), pages 21-34, March.
    3. repec:wfo:wstudy:33620 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Stefan Ederer & Serguei Kaniovski & Hans Pitlik & Thomas Url, 2012. "Slow Upturn Following Soft Patch in 2012. Medium-term Forecast of the Austrian Economy until 2016," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 17(1), pages 12-23, February.
    5. Stefan Ederer & Serguei Kaniovski & Hans Pitlik & Thomas Url, 2012. "Slow Economic Upturn Following Growth Setback in 2012. Medium-term Forecast of the Austrian Economy until 2016," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 85(1), pages 51-62, January.

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    Austria; WIFO forecast; WIFO Economic Outlook; trend output; structual budget balance;

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