Are Tax Cuts Really Expansionary?

53 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2001 Last revised: 9 Jan 2002

See all articles by N. Gregory Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw

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

Lawrence H. Summers

Harvard University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: September 1984

Abstract

In this paper, we re-examine the standard analysis of the short-run effect of a personal tax cut. If consumer spending generates more money demand than other components of GNP, then tax cuts may, by increasing the demand for money, depress aggregate demand. We examine a variety of evidence and conclude that the necessary condition for contractionary tax cuts is probably satisfied for the U.S. economy.

Suggested Citation

Mankiw, N. Gregory and Summers, Lawrence H., Are Tax Cuts Really Expansionary? (September 1984). NBER Working Paper No. w1443. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=261255

N. Gregory Mankiw (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

Littauer Center
Room 223
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-4301 (Phone)
617-495-7730 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Lawrence H. Summers

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-1502 (Phone)
617-495-8550 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
48
Abstract Views
2,012
PlumX Metrics