Fiscal multipliers in the most aged country: Empirical evidence and theoretical interpretation
This study investigates how population aging impacts the effectiveness of a government spending shock. We estimate a panel VAR model with prefectural data in Japan, the world’s fastest aging country and reveal that a government spending shock becomes less effective as the aging rate increases. Subsequently, we construct a New Keynesian model with workers and retirees, which can replicate our empirical findings. This highlights the role of the supply-side channel through which workers facing a liquidity constraint can benefit from increased disposable income, in generating the state-dependent effect of the government spending shock. Our theoretical finding may suggest that promoting labor market participation by elderly people could increase the effectiveness of a government spending shock amid a rapidly aging society.
|Issued Date:||September 2020|
|Keywords:||Population aging; Panel VAR model; New Keynesian model; Fiscal policy|
|JEL:||E62, C11, C23|
|Links:||PDF, HERMES-IR, RePEc|