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Understanding the Effects of a Shock to Government Purchases

Wendy Edelberg, Martin Eichenbaum, Jonas D.M. Fisher

NBER Working Paper No. 6737
Issued in September 1998
NBER Program(s):   EFG

This paper investigates the consequences of an exogenous increase in U.S. government purchases. We find that in response to such a shock, employment, output, and nonresidential investment rise, while real wages, residential investment, and consumption expenditures fall. The paper argues that a simple variant of the neoclassical model which distinguishes between nonresidential and residential investment is consistent with this evidence.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6737

Published: Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 2, no. 1 (January 1999): 166-206

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