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The design of fiscal adjustments

Alberto F. Alesina, Silvia Ardagna

NBER Working Paper No. 18423
Issued in September 2012
NBER Program(s):   POL

This paper offers three results. First, in line with the previous literature, we confirm that fiscal adjustments based mostly on the spending side are less likely to be reversed. Second, spending based fiscal adjustments have caused smaller recessions than tax based fiscal adjustments. Finally, certain combinations of policies have made it possible for spending based fiscal adjustments to be associated with growth in the economy even on impact rather than with a recession. Thus, expansionary fiscal adjustments are possible.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18423

Published: The Design of Fiscal Adjustments, Alberto Alesina, Silvia Ardagna. in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 27, Brown. 2013

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