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Author:Schmidt-Hebbel, Klaus 

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Commentary: activist fiscal policy to stabilize economic activity

Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole

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Do good institutions promote counter-cyclical macroeconomic policies?

The literature has argued that developing countries are unable to adopt counter-cyclical monetary and fiscal policies due to financial imperfections and unfavorable politicaleconomy conditions. Using a world sample of 115 industrial and developing countries for 1984-2008, we find that the level of institutional quality plays a key role in countries' ability to implement counter-cyclical macroeconomic policies. The results show that countries with strong (weak) institutions adopt counter- (pro-) cyclical macroeconomic policies, reflected in extended monetary policy and fiscal policy rules. The ...
Globalization Institute Working Papers , Paper 118

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