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Drazen: The political business cycle after 25 years

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Drazen. 2000. The political business cycle after 25 years. NBER Macroeconomics Annual (May).


"Research on the political business cycle since the mid-1970s is surveyed and assessed. We argue that models based on monetary surprises as the driving force are unconvincing explanations of either opportunistic or partisan cycles. Research should concentrate on fiscal policy as the driving force, with monetary effects being the result of accommodation of fiscal impulses. We present a model political business cycle model that combines active fiscal policy and passive monetary policy (which we term the AFPM model), which addresses a number of objections to earlier models."

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