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Fiscal developments and financial stress: a threshold VAR analysis.

Author(s): PhDr. Jaromír Baxa Ph.D., Afonso, Antonio
Mgr. Ing. Michal Slavík M.Sc., Afonso, Antonio
Type: Others
Year: 2011
Number: 255
ISSN / ISBN: ISSN 1725-2806
Published in: ECB working paper series No. 1319, April 2011
Publishing place: Frankfurt am Main
Keywords: fiscal policy, financial markets, threshold VAR
JEL codes: E62, G15, H60
Suggested Citation: Afonso, A., Baxa, J., Slavik, M. (2010) Fiscal developments and financial stress: a threshold VAR analysis. ECB working paper (submitted)
Grants: IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: We use a threshold VAR analysis to study whether the effects of fiscal policy on economic activity differ depending on financial market conditions. In particular, we investigate the possibility of a non-linear propagation of fiscal developments according to different financial market stress regimes. More specifically we employ a quarterly dataset, for the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Italy, for the period 1980:4-2009:4, encompassing macro, fiscal and financial variables. The results show that (i) the use of a nonlinear framework with regime switches is corroborated by nonlinearity tests; (ii) the responses of economic growth to a fiscal shock are mostly positive in both financial stress regimes; (iii) financial stress has a negative effect on output growth and worsens the fiscal position; (iv) the nonlinearity in the response of output growth to a fiscal shock is mainly associated with different behaviour across regimes; (v) the size of the fiscal multipliers is higher than average in the last crisis.
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