Essays on Macroeconomics and Finance

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Title: Essays on Macroeconomics and Finance
Author: Mendel, Joshua Brock
Citation: Mendel, Joshua Brock. 2013. Essays on Macroeconomics and Finance. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: The Local Multiplier: Theory and Evidence. I show that 1) the policy-relevant "global multiplier" can be written as the sum of a spending component and a taxation component, all scaled up by spillover effects, 2) the "local multiplier" is exactly the spending com- ponent, and 3) if trade is anonymous, the local effects of a shock to federal government purchases in a county will be identical to the effects of a shock to consumer demand for the exports of that locality. I estimate a bound for the local multiplier and consider spillover effects to contiguous counties. I find that a shock of $48,000 creates at least one job-year locally. Analysis at a monthly frequency suggests that these jobs are more persistent than previously estimated. Evidence of higher multipliers in recessions is mixed.
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