Rethinking the Role of Fiscal Policy
13 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2009 Last revised: 17 Aug 2010
Date Written: January 2009
As recently as two years ago there was a widespread consensus among economists that fiscal policy is not useful as a countercyclical instrument. Now governments in Washington and around the world are developing massive fiscal stimulus packages, supported by a wide range of economists in universities, governments, and businesses.Why has this change occurred? What are the principles for designing a potentially useful fiscal stimulus? And what will happen if the current fiscal stimulus fails?
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