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464 - Fiscal Policy, Banks and the Financial Crisis

Author(s): Robert Kollmann ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Paris-Est and CEPR, Marco Ratto, Werner Roeger, Jan in't Veld European Commission

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This paper studies the effectiveness of Euro Area (EA) fiscal policy, during the recent financial crisis, using an estimated New Keynesian model with a bank. A key dimension of policy in the crisis was massive government support for banks—that dimension has so far received little attention in the macro literature. We use the estimated model to analyze the effects of bank asset losses, of government support for banks, and other fiscal stimulus measures, in the EA. Our results suggest that support for banks had a stabilizing effect on EA output, consumption and investment. Increased government purchases helped to stabilize output, but crowded out consumption. Higher transfers to households had a positive impact on private consumption, but a negligible effect on output and investment. Banking shocks and increased government spending explain half of the rise in the public debt/GDP ratio since the onset of the crisis.

(European Economy. Economic Papers 464. October 2012. Brussels. PDF. 49pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Free.)

KC-AI-12-464-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-22985-5 (online)
doi: 10.2765/27322 (online)

JEL classification: E62 ; E32 ; G21 ; H63 ; F41 ;

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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