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On the consequences of procyclical fiscal policy

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  • Richard McManus
  • F Gulcin Ozkan

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There is widespread evidence that procyclical fiscal policies have been prevalent in developing countries and often in some industrial nations. It is therefore surprising that, in contrast to the wealth of studies on the sources of procyclical policy, potential consequences of such seemingly sub-optimal policies have been largely ignored in the existing literature. By utilizing a comprehensive set of indicators from 114 countries for 1950-2010, we aim to address the following important question: does it matter whether a country adopts a procyclical fiscal policy stance rather than a countercyclical one? Our results produce a resounding yes to this question. We find that fiscally procyclical countries have lower rates of economic growth, higher rates of output volatility and higher rates of inflation.

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  • Richard McManus & F Gulcin Ozkan, 2012. "On the consequences of procyclical fiscal policy," Discussion Papers 12/34, Department of Economics, University of York.
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    1. Niraj Prasad Koirala & Dhiroj Prasad Koirala, 2016. "Poverty and Inequality across the Nations: How Can Governments be Effective in Coping?," Economy, Asian Online Journal Publishing Group, vol. 3(1), pages 24-30.

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    Keywords

    cyclicality of fiscal policy; inflation; growth;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General

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