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Fiscal Stimulus with Learning-By-Doing
Antonello dAlessandro
Giulio Fella
Leonardo Melosi
Abstract

Using a Bayesian SVAR analysis, we document that an increase in government purchases raises private consumption, the real wage and total factor productivity (TFP) while reducing inflation. Each of these facts is hard to reconcile with both neoclassical and New-Keynesian models. We extend a standard New-Keynesian model to allow for skill accumulation through past work experience, following Chang, Gomes and Schorfheide (2002). An increase in government spending increases hours and induces skill accumulation and higher measured TFP and real wages in subsequent periods. Future marginal costs fall lowering future expected inflation and, through the monetary policy rule, the real interest rate. Consumption increases as a result.


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Antonello dAlessandro & Giulio Fella & Leonardo Melosi, Fiscal Stimulus with Learning-By-Doing, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Working Paper Series WP-2018-9, 01 May 2018.
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Keywords: Fiscal policy transmission; consumption; real wage
DOI: 10.21033/wp-2018-09
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