Identifying Endogenous Fiscal Policy Rules for Macroeconomic Models

30 Pages Posted: 28 May 2003

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Javier J. Pérez

Banco de España - Research Department

Paul Hiebert

European Central Bank (ECB)

Date Written: July 2002


In this paper, we present a model-based method for identifying fiscal closure rules in stochastic macroeconomic models. The methodology is based on the stability analysis of the model at hand, with an endogenous derivation of a reaction on the part of the fiscal authority to state variables in the model. The rule achieves the dual aim of imposing solvency on the fiscal sector and generating a state-contingent dynamic adjustment in a framework consistent with the properties of the model. Up to now, fiscal rules in leading large-scale macroeconomic forecasting models have been imposed exogenously, and in this sense are necessarily compatible with the formulation of other sectors of these models. An example of the derivation procedure, including some illustrative results, is provided using a small calibrated macro model.

Keywords: Macroeconomic models, Closure rules, fiscal policy, stability analysis

JEL Classification: C5, E6, C62

Suggested Citation

Perez, Javier J. and Hiebert, Paul, Identifying Endogenous Fiscal Policy Rules for Macroeconomic Models (July 2002). Available at SSRN:

Javier J. Perez

Banco de España - Research Department ( email )

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28014 Madrid


Paul Hiebert (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60314

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