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Fiscal multipliers and foreign holdings of public debt

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dc.contributor.author Broner, Fernando
dc.contributor.author Clancy, Daragh
dc.contributor.author Erce, Aitor
dc.contributor.author Martin, Alberto
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-20T12:43:47Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Broner F, Clancy D, Erce A, Martin A. Fiscal multipliers and foreign holdings of public debt. Rev Econ Stud. 2021 Sep 9. DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdab055
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6527
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/48735
dc.description Data de publicació electrónica: 09-09-2021.
dc.description.abstract This paper explores a natural connection between fiscal multipliers and foreign holdings of public debt. Although fiscal expansions can raise domestic economic activity through various channels, they can also have crowding-out effects if the resources used to acquire public debt reduce domestic consumption and investment. These crowding-out effects are likely to be weaker when governments have access to foreign savings when selling their debt. We test this hypothesis for the US in the post-war period and for a panel of 17 advanced economies from the 1980s to the present. To do so, we assemble a novel database of public debt holdings by domestic and foreign creditors for these countries. We combine this data with standard measures of fiscal policy shocks and show that, indeed, the size of fiscal multipliers is increasing in the share of public debt held by foreigners. In particular, the fiscal multiplier is smaller than one when the foreign share is low, such as in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s and Japan today, and larger than one when the foreign share is high, such as in the U.S. and Ireland today.
dc.description.sponsorship Broner and Martin acknowledge financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness through the I+D Excelencia grant (ECO2016-79823-P), the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Severo Ochoa Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D grant (CEX2019-000915-S), and the Generalitat de Catalunya through the AGAUR grant (2017-SGR-1393) and the CERCA Programme. Martin also acknowledges financial support from the European Research Council under the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) Consolidator Grant (615651-MacroColl).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Oxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartof Rev Econ Stud. 2021 Sep 9. DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdab055
dc.rights © Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in The Review of economic studies following peer review. The version of record Broner F, Clancy D, Erce A, Martin A. Fiscal multipliers and foreign holdings of public debt. Rev Econ Stud. 2021 Sep 9. DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdab055 is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdab055
dc.title Fiscal multipliers and foreign holdings of public debt
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdab055
dc.subject.keyword Sovereign debt
dc.subject.keyword Fiscal multiplier
dc.subject.keyword Foreign holdings of public debt
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/615651
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/ECO2016-79823-P
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/CEX2019-000915-S
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion
dc.embargo.liftdate 2023-09-09
dc.date.embargoEnd info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2023-09-09


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