Recovery of 1933

Abstract

When Roosevelt abandoned the gold standard in April 1933, he converted what had been effectively real government debt into nominal government debt to open the door to unbacked fiscal expansion. We argue that he followed a state-contingent fiscal rule that ran nominal-debt financed primary deficits until the price level rose and economic activity recovered. Theory suggests that government spending multipliers can be substantially larger when fiscal expansions are unbacked than when they are tax-backed. VAR estimates find that primary deficits made quantitatively important contributions to raising both the price level and real GNP from 1933 through 1937. The evidence does not support the conventional monetary explanation that gold revaluation and gold inflows, which were permitted to raise the monetary base, drove the recovery independently of fiscal actions.

Tijdstip: 
Dinsdag 28 Januari 2020, 16:30 - 18:00
Organisatie: 
Nationale Bank van Belgiƫ, CES-KU Leuven, ECARES-ULB en UCL
Spreker(s): 
Eric Leeper
Plaats: 
Auditorium van de Nationale Bank van Belgiƫ (Zaal A1), Warmoesberg 61, Brussel
Toegangsprijs: 
gratis