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Fiscal Policy and Unemployment

Marco Battaglini, Stephen Coate

NBER Working Paper No. 17562
Issued in November 2011
NBER Program(s):   EFG   PE   POL

This paper explores the interaction between fiscal policy and unemployment. It develops a dynamic economic model in which unemployment can arise but can be mitigated by tax cuts and public spending increases. Such policies are fiscally costly, but can be financed by issuing government debt. In the context of this model, the paper analyzes the simultaneous determination of fiscal policy and unemployment in long run equilibrium. Outcomes with both a benevolent government and political decision-making are studied. With political decision-making, the model yields a simple positive theory of fiscal policy and unemployment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w17562

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