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Trend growth and the dynamic effects of government spending

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  • Tesfaselassie, Mewael F.

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The paper studies the macroeconomic effects of government spending shocks in an economy characterized by positive trend growth. It shows that the lower is the trend growth rate the less inflationary are government spending shocks and vice versa. Moreover, on impact output is higher but exhibits less persistence the lower is trend growth, an effect that also characterizes consumption and the government spending multiplier, given that consumption and labor are somewhat complementary.

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  • Tesfaselassie, Mewael F., 2011. "Trend growth and the dynamic effects of government spending," Kiel Working Papers 1678, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:1678
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    1. Tesfaselassie, Mewael F., 2011. "The effects of government spending in a growing economy," Kiel Policy Brief 25, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    Keywords

    Trend growth; price and wage staggering; government spending multiplier;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household

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