Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/60948
Authors: 
Copeland, Adam
Kahn, James
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Staff Report, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 503
Abstract: 
Stabilization policies frequently aim to boost spending as a means to increase GDP. Spending does not necessarily translate into production, however, especially when inventories are involved. We look at the cash-for-clunkers program that helped finance the purchase of nearly 700,000 vehicles in 2009. An analysis of auto sales and production movements reveals that the program did prompt a large spike in sales. But the program had only a modest and fleeting impact on production, as inventories buffered the movements in sales. These findings suggest caution in judging the efficacy of such policies by their impact on spending alone.
Subjects: 
cash-for-clunkers
automobiles
stimulus
JEL: 
E23
E65
L62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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