Replication data for: Effects of Austerity: Expenditure- and Tax-Based Approaches

Alberto Alesina, Francesco Giavazzi & Carlo Favero
We review the debate surrounding the macroeconomic effects of deficit reduction policies (austerity). The discussion about \"austerity\" in general has distracted commentators and policymakers from a very important result, namely the enormous difference, on average, between expenditure- and tax-based austerity plans. Spending-based austerity plans are remarkably less costly than tax-based plans. The former have on average a close to zero effect on output and lead to a reduction of the debt/GDP ratio. Tax-based plans have...
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