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When is the Government Spending Multiplier Large?


Lawrence J. Christiano


Northwestern University; Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Martin Eichenbaum


Northwestern University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sergio T. Rebelo


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Rochester - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

October 2009

NBER Working Paper No. w15394

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We argue that the government-spending multiplier can be much larger than one when the zero lower bound on the nominal interest rate binds. The larger is the fraction of government spending that occurs while the nominal interest rate is zero, the larger is the value of the multiplier. After providing intuition for these results, we investigate the size of the multiplier in a dynamic, stochastic, general equilibrium model. In this model the multiplier effect is substantially larger than one when the zero bound binds. Our model is consistent with the behavior of key macro aggregates during the recent financial crisis.

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Date posted: October 5, 2009  

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Christiano, Lawrence J. and Eichenbaum, Martin and Rebelo, Sergio T., When is the Government Spending Multiplier Large? (October 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15394. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1482112

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