Fiscal Policy and Economic Activity During Recessions in Advanced Economies

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Richard Hemming

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Selma Mahfouz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Axel Schimmelpfennig

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Date Written: May 2002

Abstract

Using data for advanced economies, this paper investigates whether factors identified in the theoretical and empirical literature explain the effectiveness of fiscal policy in responding to recessions. The results are informative about the fiscal response to recessions but provide only a partial explanation of the impact of fiscal policy on economic activity. Overall, it would appear that fiscal multipliers are very small.

Keywords: Recessions, fiscal response, economic activity, fiscal multipliers

JEL Classification: C21, E62, E65, H30

Suggested Citation

Hemming, Richard and Mahfouz, Selma and Schimmelpfennig, Axel, Fiscal Policy and Economic Activity During Recessions in Advanced Economies (May 2002). IMF Working Paper No. 02/87. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879624

Richard Hemming (Contact Author)

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Selma Mahfouz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Axel Schimmelpfennig

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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