Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56133
Authors: 
Flodén, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 719
Abstract: 
In this note, I examine how the responsiveness of the Swedish public budget to business-cycle conditions has developed between 1998 and 2009. I document substantial changes in three components behind the budget elasticity: (i) the average level of personal income taxes has fallen substantially, (ii) the progressivity of personal income taxation has increased, and (iii) spending on unemployment compensation has fallen. The first two changes have opposing effects on the budget elasticity, and I find that the higher progressivity has had a marginally larger impact on the elasticity than the tax cuts. Also allowing for the lower unemployment compensations, the three effects add up to a small and non-substantial fall in the budget elasticity. Considering that most of the components behind the budget elasticity are imprecisely estimated, there is no clear evidence that the Swedish budget elasticity has changed during the last decade.
Subjects: 
Automatic stabilizers
budget elasticity
fiscal policy
stabilization policy
JEL: 
E62
H30
H60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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