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FURCERI, Davide  and  TOVAR JALLES, João. Determinants and Effects of Fiscal Counter-Cyclicality. Ens. polit. econ. [online]. 2018, vol.36, n.spe85, pp.137-151. ISSN 0120-4483.

This paper provides a novel dataset of time-varying measures of fiscal counter-cyclicality for an unbalanced panel of advanced and emerging market economies from 1980 to 2014. The use of time-varying measures of fiscal counter-cyclicality overcomes the major limitation of existing studies assessing the determinants and the effects of fiscal counter-cyclicality that rely on cross-country regressions and, therefore, are not able to account for country-specific as well as global factors. The key findings of the paper are as follows: (i) fiscal counter-cyclicality has increased over time for many economies over the last two decades; (ii) fiscal counter-cyclicality is positively associated with financial deepening, the level of economic development, trade openness, government size as well as with political factors; (iii) fiscal counter-cyclicality significantly reduces output volatility. Our results are robust to various specifications and endogeneity checks.

JEL codes: E62; H50; H60.

Keywords : fiscal policy; fiscal stabilization; output volatility; time-varying coefficients, weighted least squares.

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