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Public spending, monetary policy and growth: Evidence from EU countries

Papaioannou, Sotiris (2016): Public spending, monetary policy and growth: Evidence from EU countries.

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Abstract

This study examines whether differences in monetary policy are associated with diverging effects of public spending on growth. At first stage, we estimate public spending multipliers for each country of the European Union (EU). Their size varies considerably across countries. Then we incorporate in the analysis the role of monetary policy and examine whether real interest rates affect the relationship between public spending and growth. The main result of the econometric analysis is that government spending can affect growth positively only when real interest rates become negative. This result remains robust to several changes in the econometric specification and measures of interest rate.

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