Insulation Impossible: Fiscal Spillovers in a Monetary Union

24 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2009 Last revised: 10 Apr 2010

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Russell Cooper

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Hubert Kempf

Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS)

Dan Peled

University of Haifa - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2009

Abstract

This paper studies fiscal spillovers in a monetary union. The focus of the analysis is on the interaction between the fiscal policy of member countries (regions) and the central monetary authority. When capital markets are integrated, the fiscal policy of one country will influence equilibrium wages and interest rates. Thus there are fiscal spillovers within a federation. The magnitude and direction of these spillovers, in particular the presence of a crowding out effect, can be influenced by the choice of monetary policy rules. We find that there does not exist a monetary policy rule which completely insulates agents in one region from fiscal policy in another. Some familiar policy rules, such as pegging an interest rate, can provide partial insulation.

Suggested Citation

Cooper, Russell W. and Kempf, Hubert and Peled, Dan, Insulation Impossible: Fiscal Spillovers in a Monetary Union (July 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15176. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440542

Russell W. Cooper (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Hubert Kempf

Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS) ( email )

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France

Dan Peled

University of Haifa - Department of Economics ( email )

Haifa 31905
Israel

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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