Comparing Fiscal Multipliers Across Models and Countries in Europe
48 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 11, 2015
This paper employs fifteen dynamic macroeconomic models maintained within the European System of Central Banks to assess the size of fiscal multipliers in European countries. Using a set of common simulations, we consider transitory and permanent shocks to government expenditures and different taxes. We investigate how the baseline multipliers change when monetary policy is transitorily constrained by the zero nominal interest rate bound, certain crisis-related structural features of the economy such as the share of liquidity-constrained households change, and the endogenous fiscal rule that ensures fiscal sustainability in the long run is specified in terms of labour income taxes instead of lump-sum taxes.
Keywords: fiscal policy, output multipliers, model comparison, zero lower bound
JEL Classification: E12, E13, E17, E62, E63
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