Automatic Stabilization and Discretionary Fiscal Policy in the Financial Crisis

Dolls, Mathias, Fuest, Clemens and Peichl, Andreas (2012) Automatic Stabilization and Discretionary Fiscal Policy in the Financial Crisis. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 1 (4). pp. 1-19.

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This paper investigates the relationship between the magnitude of automatic stabilizers in the tax and transfer systems of 19 EU countries and the US, and discretionary fiscal stimulus packages passed by these countries during the recent economic crisis. In particular, we ask whether countries with larger automatic stabilizers have enacted smaller discretionary fiscal stimulus programs. Our results support this hypothesis. Our findings also suggest that social transfers, in particular the rather generous systems of unemployment insurance in Europe, play a key role for the stabilization of disposable incomes and explain a large part of the difference in automatic stabilizers between Europe and the US.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Automatic stabilizer; Economic crisis; Taxes and benefits; Fiscal policy
Subject(s): Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 09:03
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:41

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