DP8955 Fiscal Consolidation in an Open Economy

Author(s): Christopher Erceg, Jesper Lindé
Publication Date: April 2012
Keyword(s): currency union, fiscal policy, monetary policy, New Keynesian Small Open Economy DSGE Model, zero lower bound constraint
JEL(s): E52, E58
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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This paper uses a New Keynesian DSGE model of a small open economy to compare how the effects of fiscal consolidation differ depending on whether monetary policy is constrained by currency union membership or by the zero lower bound on policy rates. We show that there are important differences in the impact of fiscal shocks across these monetary regimes that depend both on the duration of the zero lower bound and on features that determine the responsiveness of inflation.