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Uncertain Fiscal Consolidations

Huixin Bi, Eric M. Leeper, Campbell B. Leith

NBER Working Paper No. 17844
Issued in February 2012
NBER Program(s):   EFG

The paper explores the macroeconomic consequences of fiscal consolidations whose timing and composition are uncertain. Drawing on the evidence in Alesina and Ardagna (2010), we emphasize whether or not the fiscal consolidation is driven by tax rises or expenditure cuts. We find that the composition of the fiscal consolidation, its duration, the monetary policy stance, the level of government debt and expectations over the likelihood and composition of fiscal consolidations all matter in determining the extent to which a given consolidation is expansionary and/or successful in stabilizing government debt.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w17844

Published: Huixin Bi & Eric M. Leeper & Campbell Leith, 2013. "Uncertain Fiscal Consolidations," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 0, pages F31-F63, 02.

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