Government Investment and Fiscal Stimulus in The Short and Long Runs
Eric M. Leeper
Indiana University at Bloomington - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Monash University, Department of Economics
Shu-Chun S. Yang
Todd B. Walker
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Economics
June 19, 2009
CAEPR Working Paper No. 011-2009
This paper contributes to the debate about fiscal multipliers by studying the impacts of government investment in conventional neoclassical growth models. The analysis focuses on two dimensions of fiscal policy that are critical for understanding the effects of government investment: implementation delays associated with building public capital projects and expected future fiscal adjustments to debt-financed spending. Implementation delays can produce small or even negative labor and output responses in the short run; anticipated fiscal financing adjustments matter both quantitatively and qualitatively for long-run growth effects. Taken together, these two dimensions have important implications for the short-run and long-run impacts of fiscal stimulus in the form of higher government infrastructure investment. The analysis is conducted in several models with features relevant for studying government spending, including utility-yielding government consumption, time-to-build for private investment, and government production.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: infrastructure, fiscal financing, fiscal multipliers
JEL Classification: E62, H54, H63
Date posted: August 18, 2009
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