Austerity versus stimulus? Understanding fiscal policy change at the International Monetary Fund since the Great Recession
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Since 2008 the IMF has become more open to the use of discretionary fiscal stimulus packages to deal with recessions, while changing its doctrine on the timing and content of fiscal consolidation. Rather than constitute a paradigm shift, these changes amounted only to a careful recalibration of its pre-crisis fiscal orthodoxy. The paper traces this evolution of the Fund’s doctrine to staff politics, more diverse thinking in mainstream economics and a careful framing of the message through the use of mainstream macroeconomic models. The findings contribute to the emerging debate on the internal sources of intellectual and policy change in international economic organizations.
This repository item contains a working paper from the Boston University Global Economic Governance Initiative. The Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) is a research program of the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. It was founded in 2008 to advance policy-relevant knowledge about governance for financial stability, human development, and the environment.