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Fiscal Policy in Crisis: Rethinking Austerity

Dubravko Radošević ; Institute of Economics, Zagreb and is Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 777 Kb

str. 45-60

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Many macroeconomists and politicans claim that fi scal austerity – getting the budget deficit down immediately – would be good for employment and growth. We think that fiscal stimulus is expansionary, and fi scal contraction is contractionary. There is a large and growing body of literature that shows that fi scal expansion can help economy to grow and reduce unemployment in near term; that certain types of fi scal stimulus are very effective and that fi scal contractions tend to lower output and employment in the short run. Fiscal
austerity may be desirable for the long-term solvency and health of the economy. But it lowers growth and raises unemployment in the near term. A policy mix between new monetary strategy (nominal GDP targeting) and fi scal stimulus would be especially effective.

Ključne riječi

austerity; stimulus; NGDP targeting; fiscal multiplier; full employment

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