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How Much Did the 2009 Australian Fiscal Stimulus Boost Demand? Evidence from Household-Reported Spending Effects

Leigh, Andrew


Using survey evidence, I estimate the impact of $21 billion in household payments delivered in Australia between December 2008 and May 2009. Forty percent of households who said that they received a payment reported having spent it. This is a higher spending rate than has been recorded in surveys assessing the 2001 and 2008 tax rebates in the United States. One possible explanation for this is that individuals are more likely to spend "bonuses" (as the Australian payments were described) than...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Macroeconomics
DOI: 10.1515/1935-1690.2035


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