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Fiscal policy coordination in currency unions (at the zero lower bound)

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  • Müller, Gernot Johannes
  • Hettig, Thomas
  • Mueller, Gernot

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Within currency unions, according to the pre-crises consensus, countries can rely on fiscal policy to stabilize economic activity locally. Monetary policy's role, in turn, is to stabilize economic activity at the union level. Against this background, we reassess the optimal degree of fiscal stabilization within currency union provided that monetary policy is constrained by the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates. Specifically, we contrast the optimal level of government consumption from an individual country's perspective with the optimal level from the union's perspective and explore the need for coordinating expansionary fiscal policies.

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  • Müller, Gernot Johannes & Hettig, Thomas & Mueller, Gernot, 2015. "Fiscal policy coordination in currency unions (at the zero lower bound)," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 112826, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. Cook, David & Devereux, Michael B., 2018. "Fiscal Policy in a Currency Union at the Zero Lower Bound," ADBI Working Papers 801, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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