Working Paper- Asymmetric Growth Impact of Fiscal Policy: A Post-Shock Policy Scenario for Egypt

Source: Economic Research Forum
Author(s): Hany Abdel-Latif, Tapas Mishra

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This paper empirically explores how fiscal policy represented by acceleration in government spending exerts asymmetric effects on economic growth in the context of a developing country, Egypt in particular. By allowing the theoretical plausibility of asymmetric effects of fiscal policy on economic activity, our research suggests that nothing can guarantee linearity between the growth impact of increasing and decreasing government expenditures. Using a non-linear ARDL model on Egypt data at both aggregated and disaggregated levels- for the period 1980-2013, this paper provides new evidence of a non-linear relationship between government spending and economic growth…

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