Tales of Expansionary Fiscal Contractions in Two European Countries: Hindsight and Foresight

John Considine, David Duffy

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It is ironic that the potential expansionary effects of fiscal contractions have
become known as non-Keynesian effects. This paper highlights the fact that Keynes and his contemporaries were aware of such potential perverse effects. It is clear that the important indirect effects of budgetary policy via expectation were known in the 1930s. Moreover, the economists of the time recognised the possibilities before they occurred. This paper supplements the existing research on the Expansionary Fiscal Contraction hypothesis by comparing the political and economic environments of two periods in economic history, Britain in 1930-1931 and Ireland 1986-1987, and the accompanying economic thought.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-167
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Public Finance and Public Choice
Issue number2/3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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