Questions tagged [fiscal-policy]

the means by which a government adjusts its spending levels and tax rates to monitor and influence a nation's economy.

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Effectiveness of fiscal policy through increased tax compliance

I am inclined to think that in a country like the USA where tax compliance is a more than respectable 83%, there is less sense in reducing tax rates in an effort to increase tax revenue through hoping ...
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Can someone please explain how personal savings and fiscal deficit are related in this context?

The lines which i have highlighted is what I want to be explained to me. This is with reference to indian economy
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my economic question is based on macroeconomics [closed]

Suppose that the economywide expected future marginal product of capital is MPKf = 20 – 0.02K, where K is the future capital stock. The depreciation rate of capital, d, is 20% per period. The current ...
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Macroeconomics differences of 2008 financial crisis and 2020 economic crisis

How is 2020 financial crisis different from 2008 financial crisis? For example, why have stock market indices (e.g. S&P500, NASDAQ-100) recovered so quickly (about 3 months instead of longer than ...
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Helicopter Money in the time of Covid-19

In this voxEU article by Jordi Galí, he says the following: In the current context, the central bank could credit the government's account (or governments, in the case of the ECB) for the amount of ...
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What's quantitative easing?

From what I understand after reading mainstream media, quantitative easing increases the supply of money in the economy without direct government spending (fiscal policy). It seems to have all the ...
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Why doesn't the ECB implement the same fiscal and monetary policy that the FED used to save the US economy?

If the Fed managed to save the US economy with their liberal expansionary policy, why doesn't the ECB follow suit if it is much more efficient in reducing unemployment etc? Also, why did ...
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Australian Dollar Devaluation

I am a layman in economics. I am curious about the current devaluation of Australian Dollar in comparison with the US Dollar. Could someone please explain, in simplest words possible: What causes ...
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What is the effect of expansionary fiscal policy in case liquidity trap situation?

I've read that liquidity trap means interest rate is at its minimum and increase in real money stock will not lead to fall in interest rate because people will be demanding whatever the amount is ...
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How to calculate fiscal space for a country?

I would greatly appreciate if you could explain me how to calculate fiscal space for an specific country. Or, could you please introduce me some references which explain it's calculation step by step ...
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Difference type of crowding out effect in economics

In macroeconomics I came across two type of crowding out. First, in IS LM model where in classical case, when LM curve is vertical increase in government expenditures have no increase in output i.e. ...
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How can autonomous private spending change budget surplus?

I was reading Keynesian economics in R.Dornbusch's book where he mentioned the defects of using budget surplus as a measure where he says it can be changed and effected by autonomous private spending ...
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The government does not need to gather capital via tax and Treasuries to spend? According to MMT

I have watched Warren Moslers interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W97s3zbFKvc&t=841s. At 7:26 he says that the Treasury does not issue securities for the purpose of financing spending (it ...
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Which one of these sources best represents fiscal deficit data?

I'm currently recollecting data for an econometrics model I want to build later on with a panel data model. However, sometimes it is difficult to find certain information. For example, I want to ...
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What would happen in the IS-LM model if there is a simultaneous decrease in tax and interest rate?

Since there is a fiscal expansion with a decrease in tax i'm not sure what the interaction would be with a decrease in interest too, would money supply and output both increase? Thanks
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Are there automatic stabilizers that react with contraction to a stagflation?

So far I know only two automatic stabilizers, namely "progressive tax system" and "unemployment benefits". Both of them would react expansionary to stagflation. During stagflation incomes of people ...
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Does fiscal policy always shift the AD more than the SRAS?

I noticed that when I read about fiscal policy and the AD-AS model, it looks implicitly assumed that when we use fiscal policy we intend to shift the AD, even when the economy experienced a negative ...
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In Indonesia, reducing fuel subsidy strongly impacts the price of everyday goods. Why?

In Indonesia, petrol/gasoline price is regulated by the government and historically it is heavily subsidized. I know, economists typically consider fuel subsidy to be a bad policy, for many reasons, ...
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Combining wealth and income tax

Did any country ever tried to combine wealth tax and income tax into one taxation policy? For example an income tax which has rate that is dependent on net worth, or some other tax of this manner?
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Spending despite fiscal deficit

This is going to be a rather simple question. Surprisingly, I did not find quite a lot of answers satisfactorily explaining my point. The question goes like this- The USA, under the Trump regime, ...
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What does it mean by Global recession?

I am bit curious to understand what it actually means when I read global recession is coming soon. There are some questions which pop in my mind reading such news. Some of them are: What causes ...
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Does higher tax on luxury goods does more harm than benefit?

I was studying Fiscal policy and I came across measures to reduce income inequality by using fiscal tools. One of the tool mentioned in that was - Higher taxes on luxury goods This makes sense that ...
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Relationship between Fiscal policy and net exports

I am confused about the relationship between fiscal policy and net exports. Suppose government goes for expansionary fiscal policy Case 1  - If public expenditure rises, income rise, rise in ...
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Is a universal basic income possible in the United States?

Is a universal basic income or unconditional demogrant possible in the United States? (For the sake of specificity I have focused the question on the US, though the question is certainly interesting ...
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Why is Crowding out more effective at full employment?

Now my professor explained to me that at full employment the increase in G (gov expenditure) shifts the IS curve to the right, but at the same time the price level increase from the rightward shift in ...
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which policy (fiscal or monetary) is better to stabilize the cycle?

I am currently studying for a test and the following sentence "In an open economy with high capital mobility, monetary policy is preferable to fiscal policy to stabilize the cycle", the "answer" is ...
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How does a govt surplus increases investment?

From the closed economy equilibrium condition $I = S + (T - G)$, how does exactly a surplus (which I assume would be used for paying debt) increases investment in the same amount? I ask that because ...
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How does a national budget differ from a household budget?

We are often told by pundits that "Country X cannot spend more than they take in in revenue, because a house that makes A and spends B will always collapse if B>A". Essentially the siren calls of a ...
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Government deficit

When the economy of a government is facing a deficit, why can't the government just increase the taxes to pay for its expenses? I've read that it should rather borrow money, because increasing the ...
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Do changes in fixed taxes have a bigger effect on real GDP compared with government spending because they affect consumption

True or False: Changes in fixed taxes have a bigger effect on real GDP compared with government spending because they affect consumption
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Could the inflation following the Gold Rush have been avoided, are we any “wiser” on inflation now?

Quoting Milton Friedman on the inflationary period shortly following the American Gold Rush in California: "Because there was more gold, they had to pay a little more gold to buy goods and ...
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Fiscal budget: spending in real vs nominal terms

What does it mean in the context of a budget to “freeze spending in real terms”? And how would this differ from freezing spending in “nominal terms”? I am looking to understand how this would be ...
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Advice for finding literature for thesis

I have to write my bachelor thesis in the coming months and I was planning on replicating one of the leading papers of the last years in the field of macro economics. Problem is that I am ...
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Universal Basic Income [closed]

In 2017 some countries have adopted the Universal Basic Income as an alternative to Welfare Payments, my question is, is it economically feasible by governments?
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How is reducing government expenditure supposed to reduce aggregate demand?

In my coursebook it says that in a deflationary fiscal policy governments may reduce government expenditure (such as building hospitals and road constructions) to reduce aggregate demand but I don't ...
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Debt accumulation equation derivation: valid given that it rests on calculus and the time period is a year? (nowhere near infinitesimal?)

Above is an image of what I’m referring to. The top ‘rule of thumb’ is derived using calculus, and hence is only valid for infinitesimal changes in t. However, this equation is considered over the ...
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Why can't direct taxes be passed on to the consumer? [duplicate]

What stops firms increasing prices of goods in the case of an increase of a direct tax such as corporation tax?
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What is fiscal impulse?

I came across this term in the following paragraph and I could not comprehend what it meant. The new WPI series does not include any indirect taxes, which brings it conceptually closer to the ...
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Does the separation of FinCEN, and The Federal Reserve protect the integrity of a representative democracy? [closed]

From my understanding, FinCEN is controlled or heavily influenced by the UN. In addition, The Federal Reserve is not a governmental body, yet it has appointees from the current administration. I'm ...
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How does Limited Friction affect a two-period model? Does the Ricardian Equivalence hold?

Consider a two period model with limited commitment involved. Each consumer has a component of wealth which has value $pH$ in the future period, cannot be sold in the current period, and can be ...
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Economic effects of a Commons Capital Depository

Yanis Varoufakis (Ιωάννης Βαρουφάκης) proposes to fund a universal basic income (UBI) using dividends from a commons capital depository, essentially channeling a percentage of shares issued at an ...
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Why is there a structural deficit/surplus?

I'm going through Fiscal Policy and I'm reading about Structural Budget and Cyclical Budget. To my understanding, Cyclical Budget is what occurs when automatic fiscal policy is in use. So G and T are ...
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Is there a term for economic policy design built from minimizing per-household adverse impact?

May be easiest to start with an example: let's say I'm looking to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, but want to minimize the impact on households from doing so. I also want the change to be ...
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Macroeconomics: Aggregate Demand, Equilibrium Dynamics and Expenditure Multipliers

I am having a hard time with the following economic questions (See attached). Here is my approach: Note about the curves: The graph below depicts an economy where a decline in aggregate demand has ...
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Since it doesn't change the money supply, how can an “expansionary” fiscal policy alone spur economic growth?

I understand how monetary policy can be used to heat up an economy by increasing the money supply, but how can a fiscal policy do so? When the government borrows money to increase spending, it is not ...
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How can governments seemingly run permanent budget deficits?

How can countries afford to run budget deficits for decades on end and not become overburdened by interest payments on those debts?
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How does an elastic Money Demand affects the effectiveness of fiscal policy?

From my notes: 'The elasticity of Money Demand reduces the impact on the interest rate of the increase in government spending...' My question is: if the Money Supply is inelastic, the elasticity of ...
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Is there a good mechanism to incentivize leveraged firms to take less risks?

It seems that there are some circumstances, say when the government foresees a financial crisis, where it would like firms to hedge, take less riesk etc. However, leveraged agents benefit from risk, ...
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Are there economic policies that help countries fight corruption?

Are there particular taxes or subsidies or public goods that a country's economic authority could implement to help in the fight against corruption? While the rule of law seems to be the first order ...
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How government borrowing from central bank increases money supply in economy?

Yes, public finance by government may lead to increase in money supply in economy. But, if govt borrows money from central bank, less amount of money is left with central bank to lend it to banks and ...