The Design of Fiscal Adjustments

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Title: The Design of Fiscal Adjustments
Author: Alesina, Alberto Francesco; Ardagna, Silvia

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Citation: Alesina, Alberto, and Silvia Ardagna. 2013. “The Design of Fiscal Adjustments.” Tax Policy and the Economy 27 (1) (August): 19–68. doi:10.1086/671243.
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Abstract: 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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