The Australian Real-Time Fiscal Database: An Overview and An Illustration of Its Use in Analysing Planned and Realised Fiscal Policies
41 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2019 Last revised: 8 Feb 2019
Date Written: February 6, 2019
This paper describes a fiscal database for Australia including measures of government spending, revenue, deficits, debt and various sub-aggregates as initially published and subsequently revised. The data vintages are collated from various sources and provide a comprehensive description of the Australian fiscal environment as experienced in real-time. Methods are described which exploit the richness of the real-time datasets and they are illustrated through an analysis of the extent to which stated fiscal plans are realised in practice and through the estimation of fiscal multipliers which draw a distinction between policy responses and policy initiatives. We find predictable differences between plans and actual fiscal policy, consistent with a desire of the government to appear more prudent than in reality, and a larger multiplier for policy initiatives than implementation errors.
Keywords: Real-time, Australian Database, Revisions, Fiscal Policy, Government Spending, Government Revenues
JEL Classification: C32, D84, E32
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