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A numerical approach to fiscal policy, unemployment, and growth in Europe

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  • Francesco Daveri

    (University of Parma)

  • Marco Maffezzoli

    (Bocconi University)

Abstract

We calibrate an infinite-horizon model with endogenous growth and unemployment on actual data from the largest countries in the European Union. Two types of balanced-budget fiscal policy experiments are studied. First, the effects of separately changing the tax rates on capital, labor and subsidies, as well as the replacement rates, are analyzed, assuming offsetting changes in lump-sum transfers. Second, we rule out offsetting transfers and study how effective is the cut in labor taxes when financed either raising capital taxation or reducing unemployment subsidies. We find two main results: (i) with lump-sum transfers, reducing labor taxes and unemployment subsidies is beneficial to both employment and growth, while cutting capital taxes is less beneficial; (ii) without transfers, cutting labor taxes is more effective when financed by a (modest) cut in unemployment subsidies rather than by a (sizable) increase in capital taxes. Sensitivity analysis shows that our results are robust to changes in a vast range of parameter values.

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  • Francesco Daveri & Marco Maffezzoli, 2000. "A numerical approach to fiscal policy, unemployment, and growth in Europe," Macroeconomics 0004010, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0004010
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    1. Francesco Zanetti, 2003. "Non-Walrasian Labor Market and the European Business Cycle," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 574, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 20 May 2004.
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    Keywords

    Fiscal Policy; Taxation; Europe; Unemployment; Growth; Numerical Simulation; Trade Union;

    JEL classification:

    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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