Why Fiscal Stimulus Is Unlikely to Work

Author
Kevin A. Hassett
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
This paper reviews the empirical literature on countercyclical policy. It finds that three types of countercyclical policies have been studied in the literature: built in stabilizers, temporary policy changes, and more permanent policy changes. The literature is decidedly mixed on the effectiveness of temporary changes, but more hopeful concerning the other two.
Topic
Debt, Economics, Markets, Political Economy
Political Geography
United States