The Composition of Fiscal Consolidation Matters: Policy Simulations for Hungary

30 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2013

Date Written: October 2013


This paper evaluates policy alternatives to achieve permanent fiscal consolidation in Hungary, based on a general equilibrium calibration. The main finding is that the composition of the consolidation, as determined by the mix of revenue and expenditure measures, has important implications for growth, employment, investment, and other key macroeconomic variables. A reduction in current expenditures yields the smallest GDP contraction in the short term and can increase output in the long term by stimulating labor participation and private investment. On the other end of the spectrum, a consolidation of government investment and corporate taxes are the most costly, as disincentives for private investment result in protracted declines in GDP that compound over time to GDP losses that are multiple times the initial size of the consolidation.

Keywords: Fiscal consolidation, Hungary, Fiscal policy, Economic models, DSGE models, overlapping generations households, liquidity constrained households, financial accelerator

JEL Classification: E27, E62, H21, H30, H39, H50, H63

Suggested Citation

Guerson, Alejandro, The Composition of Fiscal Consolidation Matters: Policy Simulations for Hungary (October 2013). IMF Working Paper No. 13/207, Available at SSRN:

Alejandro Guerson (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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