Unconventional Fiscal Policy

6 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2018

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Francesco D'Acunto

Boston College

Daniel Hoang

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Michael Weber

University of Chicago - Finance

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Date Written: January 17, 2018


Unconventional fiscal policy uses announcements of future increases in consumption taxes to generate inflation expectations and accelerate consumption expenditure. It is budget neutral and time consistent. We provide preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of such policies using changes in value-added tax (VAT) and household survey data for Poland. We find households increased their inflation expectations and willingness to purchase durables before the increase in VAT. Future research has to ensure income, wealth effects, or intratemporal substitution channels cannot explain these results and ideally exploit exogenous variation in VAT in a fixed nominal interest rate environment.

Suggested Citation

D'Acunto, Francesco and Hoang, Daniel and Weber, Michael, Unconventional Fiscal Policy (January 17, 2018). Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 18-02; Fama-Miller Working Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3104115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3104115

Francesco D'Acunto

Boston College ( email )

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Daniel Hoang

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ( email )


Michael Weber (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Finance ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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