where SFA represent automatic fiscal stabilisers. Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the SFA, as a phenomenological characteristic: the SFA is an SF and its action is formal implicit, i.e., by this device, the aim is achieved through a non-discretionary, formal implicit action. Discretionary fiscal policies, on the other hand, can address economic issues that are not tied to the aggregate demand. At the same time, also because of the cyclic evolution of the economic processes, the values of B(t) will have an evolution modelled by a logistic equation. Fiscal policy is a policy adopted by the government of a country required in order to control the finances and revenue of that country which includes various taxes on goods, services and person i.e., revenue collection, which eventually affects spending levels and hence for this fiscal policy is termed as sister policy of monetary policy. We use the concept of category (class in biology) to avoid Russell's paradox. As an example, we input equation (26) into the software, to which we added the initial condition B(2014)=172055.3. The channels through which fiscal policy affects macroeconomic stability include supply-side effects of distortionary taxes, the procyclical behaviour of public spending induced by fiscal rules and the conventional effect of automatic stabilisers operating through disposable (permanent) income. In this matter, this study main contributions concern: the replacement of defining concepts by Aristotelian genus proximum and specific difference to their definition by listing sufficiency predicate (a minimum list of independent and mutual non-contradictory predicates, which qualifies the concepts covered); engendering a ‘conceptual map’ within the conceptual family of fiscal policy, which clearly and unequivocally grades SFAs within fiscal policy instruments (which the current literature does not do); the use of logical analysis (bivalent logic) in determining the sufficiency predicates, respectively in verbal formulation of definitions (which, again, the current literature does not do); establishing the mathematical conditions needed for an SF to be of automatic-type, by creating a quantitative equilibrium model. While the Trump administration continues to pass and propose new budgets and tax bills, the U.S. is currently running a deficit of $960 billion, with public debt sitting at $16.7 trillion, according to budget projections for the 2019 fiscal year from the Congressional Budget Office. "The proposed change would undermine fiscal responsibility and further embrace Republican trickle-down economics.". In what follows we will present the concepts and what we consider about the topic addressed. The main goals of fiscal policy are to achieve and maintain full employment, reach a high rate of economic growth, and to keep prices and wages stable. And while the economy recovered a bit, it soon required contractionary fiscal policy to right it again. Other authors analyse the effectiveness of the tax and transfer systems in the EU and the US to provide income insurance through automatic stabilisation in the recent economic crisis (Dolls, Fuest, & Peichl, 2012). No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors. These methodologies use indicators which reflect the degree of utilisation of resources (deviation between the current GDP and potential GDP and deviation between actual unemployment and structural unemployment). 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An example of nondiscretionary fiscal policy would be The existence of the progressive federal income tax If you were to use an aggregate supply aggregate demand diagram to model nondiscretionary and discretionary fiscal policy in reaction to a negative aggregate demand shock, you would see the aggregate demand curve move Fiscal policy is what the government employs to influence and balance the economy, using taxes and spending to accomplish this. Action Alerts PLUS is a registered trademark of TheStreet, Inc. according to reports in the Washington Post, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. 2. 13. Taking account of the above-mentioned criteria, with regard to the PP (causal criterion and the formal criterion), and taking into account the indirect nature of the fiscal policy (PPA), it follows that there are logically possible two categories fiscal policy: indirect explicit fiscal policy (discretionary); indirect implicit fiscal policy (non-discretionary). In our opinion, the SFnAc is generated by the simultaneous checking of three sufficient predicates: it controlles in a linear way the quantitative change of the budgetary expenditure; Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the SFnAc, as a phenomenological characteristic: the SFnAc an SFnA, it controlles in a linear way the quantitative change of the budgetary expenditure and its action is discrete, i.e., by this device, the aim is achieved through a discrete action. The 2003 tax rebate is an example of a. Nondiscretionary fiscal policy b. https://corporatefinanceinstitute.com/resources/knowledge/economics/austerity The Federal Reserve uses either open market operations (selling or buying government bonds to affect the amount of money in circulation), setting a discount rate (by which it intends to affect interest rates by setting new ones for lending to financial institutions), or changing the reserve ratio for banks (in order to increase or reduce the amount of money banks can create when making loans). Expansionary fiscal policy is used by the government when attempting to balance out the contraction phase of the business cycle (especially when in or on the brink of a recession), and uses methods like cutting taxes or increasing government spending on things like public works in an attempt to stimulate economic growth. Regarding the concept of non-linearity, see our work, Bratian, 2012. In a similar fashion to fiscal policy, monetary policy can either be lose or tight (in other words, expansionary or contractionary) by either decreasing interest rates and making credit cheaper or increasing them and making credit more expensive. And, this unpopularity often leads to an increase in the budget deficit via the government issuing more treasury bonds - which, given the imbalance of GDP to debt, will cause interest rates to increase due to how holders of the treasury bonds become anxious over not being repaid by the indebted government. Fiscal policy is a way by which a government adjusts the tax rates and government spending levels to manage the economic fluctuations. Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the stabiliser, as a phenomenological characteristic: the (S) stabiliser is an instrument represented by a (normative) institutional device enabling the control of change; its actions are meant to decrease the discrepancy between the real and desired change, as it counters change and it is also overproportional compared to the change. Mathematical models specified in the article may be implemented, validated and verified through the use of specific software, such as Maple 16. Nowadays and in the future, concerns are directed towards mathematical modelling and simulating economic processes in order to operatively and effectively smooth the economic cycle, to obtain remarkable results. 11–12). Receive full access to our market insights, commentary, newsletters, breaking news alerts, and more. The software has generated equation (26) solution, as in the following formula:(33). (a) Discretionary fiscal policy is different from non-discretionary fiscal policy in the sense that it requires congress to shift aggregate demand by decreasing taxes or through government spending. Va = budgetary revenue related to current GDP; Vp = budgetary revenue related to potential GDP; Ca = budgetary expenditure related to current GDP; Cp = budgetary expenditure related to potential GDP; T = point in time to which they relate all indicators of formula (13), which covers a period of time. In an attempt to stabilize the economy, FDR planned to increase consumer spending and employment by spending money on public works like roads, bridges, dams and other projects - using expansionary fiscal policy. S.F. Registered in England & Wales No. While there are obviously many economic impacts of fiscal policy, there have also been many political and controversial effects. The goal of the present study is to increase the intelligibility of macroeconomic phenomena triggered by governmental intervention in economy by means of fiscal policies. And while President Trump's recent tax and budget bill seeks to boost the economy, some economists at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank are skeptical it will even have any affect whatsoever, according to the Wall Street Journal. This article makes precisely this conceptual clarification. In macroeconomics, discretionary policy is an economic policy based on the ad hoc judgment of policymakers as opposed to policy set by predetermined rules. 7. By PP we understand a policy which verifies the following sufficient predicates (Dinga, 2009, p. 77): ‘it is instrumented by a public organisation/institution licenced by law (usually through the fundamental legal law – the Constitution); it targets a public objective (or a coherent set of objectives); the targeted public objective pursued is relevant at both the macro-economic and macro-social level; it has a permanent and continuous character; it contains a computational mechanism (algorithmic-type) that describes the input-output relationship (or, more generally, the cause-effect relationship), which accompanies its instrumentalisation; there is a procedure associated to the computational mechanism which starts this mechanism.’. Quantitative change (modification) of the SBC (∆SBc) can be broken down into: quantitative change of the SBS (∆SBS), in response to the discretionary instruments; quantitative change of SBC (∆SBc), in response to the non-discretionary instruments. The central government exercises discre­tionary fiscal policy when it identifies an unemployment or inflation problem, esta­blishes a policy objective concerning that problem, and then deliberately adjusts taxes and/or spending accordingly. Budget balance associated with potential GDP. In terms of the type of budgetary expenditure is distinguished: unemployment indemnity expenditure. The main goal of this study, through which the intended purpose is achieved, is to mutually clarify the two categories of fiscal policy fundamental instruments: explicit discretionary intervention, respectively implicit intervention by automatic stabilisers. Estimate of these indicators is an approximation because they do not take into account the driving forces of the business cycle, which change over time, with implications on budgetary revenue and expenditure. In the following section we will discuss SFs, a component on which the fiscal mechanism is based. In this regard we proceed by completing the following steps:7. we will define the category 8 called stabiliser (S); we will define the order called the macroeconomic stabiliser (SM); we will define the family called the fiscal stabiliser (SF);9. we will define the genus of non-automatic fiscal stabiliser (SFnA); we will define the species of non-automatic fiscal stabiliser at the level of public revenue (SFnAv); we will define the species of non-automatic fiscal stabiliser at the level of public expenditure (SFnAc); we will define the genus of automatic fiscal stabiliser (SFA); we will define the species of automatic fiscal stabiliser at the level of public revenue (SFAv); we will define the species of automatic fiscal stabiliser at the level of public expenditure (SFAc); In order to obtain the definition of stabiliser will try to identify the sufficient predicates. 17. The payment of unemployment benefits is a typical example of nondiscretionary fiscal policy. D) A decrease in personal income tax rates. But while the benefits or effects on the economy of the newest "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017 largely remain to be seen, fiscal policy continues to be a major management strategy for Congress to guide the economy through the ups-and-downs of the business cycle. For establishing the mathematical conditions as a fiscal stabiliser to be automatic-type, we propose the following quantitative equilibrium model:(13). Financial Policies ‐ SAMPLE Page 3 of 3 Greenlights for NonProfit Success T (512) 477-5955 • F (512) 477.5911 • 7703 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite 400 • Austin, TX 78752 According to the definition, this involves a ‘conscious’ intervention of the public organisation/ institution responsible for that PP. Mathematical conditions as a fiscal stabiliser to be automatic-type, https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/scpwps/ecbwp152.pdf, http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sae:niesru:v:159:y:1997:i:1:p:92-98, http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/tnm/2009/tnm0905.pdf, http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2010/201043/201043pap.pdf, http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/2/19912/lcg2095i_Martner.pdf, https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/7072, http://www.european-council.europa.eu/media/639164/18_-_tscg.ro.12.pdf. Tax cuts can put money into the hands of consumers if the government can send out rebate checks right away. According to relation (14) we have two possible situations: For M(t) = N(t), it is not necessary to use automatic fiscal stabilisers. While fiscal policy deals mostly with government legislation regarding taxes and spending, monetary policy attempts to control economic growth (whether to stimulate or slow down) by managing interest rates and the supply of money in the economy. It introduces a relatively rich tax structure into a dynamic, stochastic, multi-sector small open economy inhabited by rule-of-thumb consumers (who consume their wages and do not save or borrow) and Ricardian households to study the stabilising properties of different parameters of the tax code. The payments necessarily increase when the number of unemployed increases, and that is during an economic slow down. Political Realties and Discretionary Fiscal Policy. 3.15) Which of the following is the best example of a non-discretionary fiscal policy to combat demand-pull inflation? During cyclical movements, fiscal policy can play an important role in order to help stabilise the economy. For example, government spending should be directed toward hiring workers, which immediately creates jobs and lowers unemployment. We note the expression with Vol and call it the volatility function of GDP, so:(14). For example, tax cuts to the middle class will certainly help them have a little more cash in their pockets, while increases in taxes for certain tax brackets can sting those in the higher tiers of income (as Clinton's Deficit Reduction Act did). The fiscal mechanism is a species of the fiscal system, representing a set of fiscal methods, techniques and tools by the use of which it provides: determination, disposal and collection of taxes, fees, contributions and other amounts owed to the consolidated budget of the State; determination and allocation of budgetary expenditure. 4. A limitation of the automatic stabilization policy is that it doesn't work if inflation is caused by factors other than those affecting aggregate demand. After its passage, the markets rose, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average  Especially from a political economy point of view, long decision and implementation lags associated with discretionary fiscal policy are often mentioned as arguments why such policies might be ineffective (Cogan, Cwik, Taylor, & Wieland, 2010). By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies. Or, the government may try to stimulate the economy and increase employment by spending on some public works or benefit programs, like building roads, schools, parks, or the like. The academic literature does not clearly depict the distinction between discretionary fiscal policy and the fiscal policy operated through SFAs. And while debates like these go on both sides of the political spectrum, fiscal policy has always been a polarizing issue. Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the SM, as a phenomenological characteristic: the SM is a stabiliser that controlles the quantitative change of the macroeconomic output and it aims to reduce the volatility of the macroeconomic output. Automatic stabilizers can also be used in conjunction with other forms of fiscal policy that may require specific legislative authorization. Actually, the post-2007 economic and financial crisis has reopened the debate on the effectiveness of fiscal policy as a tool of stabilisation of economic activity, including the relative merits of discretionary action versus automatic stabilisation (Veld, Larch, & Vandeweyer, 2013). Essentially, Keynes laid out the basis for fiscal policy by asserting the government could manipulate consumer and investor spending by either expanding or contracting to counteract times of low or high activity. Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the SFnAv, as a phenomenological characteristic: the SFnAv on budgetary revenue is an SFnA, it controlles in a linear way the quantitative change of the budgetary revenue and its action is discrete, i.e., by this device, the aim is achieved through a discrete action. according to the formal criterion, PP may be of two categories: discretionary PP (explicit PP) is that PP which obtains the variation of the target variable by a formal action (following a decision) of the organisation/institution responsible for the specific PP; 1. non-Discretionary PP (implicit PP) is that PP which obtains the variation of the target variable without an action (following a decision) of the organisation/institution responsible for the specific PP. By this category we understand that category attached to the attracting condition close to equilibrium. aggregate method, proposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF methodology); disaggregate method, proposed by the European Commission (OECD methodology). The post-2007 economic and financial crisis has reopened the debate on the effectiveness of fiscal policy as a tool of stabilisation of economic activity, including the relative merits of discretionary action versus automatic stabilisation. Monetary policy and fiscal policy refer to the two most widely recognized tools used to influence a nation's economic activity. When is the government spending multiplier large? In this case, we can define an indifference curve of the effectiveness of SF, with the differential condition (Dinga, 2009, p. 89): At a time moment t for which formula (20) is used, we obtain the quantitative dimension of SFA effectiveness through the analytic expression: As it was shown in numerous scientific works, the economical processes take place in cycles, therefore the evolution of the quantitative dimension of SFA effectiveness has this type of characteristic. 14. The degree of output smoothing is estimated also by the use of simulation models (Dolls et al., 2012; Follette & Lutz, 2010). Discretionary vs non-discretionary in fiscal mechanism –, 6. You certainly hear the term "fiscal policy" thrown around a lot these days - whether it be in reference to a new tax or budget bill, or regarding political debates and tensions on how the government should or shouldn't be involved in the economy. 11. The component of the cyclically-adjusted expenditure is defined as follows:(11). 5 Howick Place | London | SW1P 1WG. 184 Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting – 4/2010 DISCRETIONARY POLICY VERSUS NON- DISCRETIONARY POLICY IN THE ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT PROCESS1 Emil DINGA2 Cornel IONESCU3 Elena P DUREAN4 Abstract The study aims to examine the concept of automatic fiscal stabilization in the context of macroeconomic adjustment policies. In expansionary fiscal policy (which is the most common method employed), the government implements policies that can increase or decrease taxes, spend money on projects to stimulate the economy and increase employment, or increase productivity levels in the economy. Furthermore, The Washington Post speculates the fiscal policy may benefit the wealthy more so than the middle class, according to reports this year. non-discretionary fiscal mechanism, respectively that mechanism indirectly causative generated and realised by formal implicit actions of design, implementation (functioning) and monitoring of fiscal policy or fiscal instruments. Typically, the idea behind this type of policy is to deliberately impact that trend, gradually moving the economy in a direction that is esteemed by government leadership as more beneficial to the jurisdiction. Basically, fiscal policy intercedes in the business cycle by counteracting issues in an attempt to establish a healthier economy, and uses two tools - taxes and spending - to accomplish this. An example of this would be Obama proposing a bill that would result in government spending money on building infrastructure. In our opinion, the sufficient predicates of the SM are: controlles the quantitative change of the macroeconomic output (GDP); it aims to reduce the volatility of the macroeconomic output (GDP)14. Of the very few authors who considered the real importance of SFAs, Martner demonstrated in 2000 that the SFAs help to stimulate the economy in periods of recession and moderate it in booms, thus exercising a regulatory function, also showing that Governments have the option of allowing these automatic stabilisers to operate without intervention, or strengthening or restricting their effects through discretional polices (Martner, 2000). In our opinion, the SFA is generated by the simultaneous checking of two sufficient predicates: its action is formal implicit, i.e., by this device, the aim is achieved through a non-discretionary, formal implicit action15. Therefore, we may draw the following concluding remarks regarding the definition of the SF, as a phenomenological characteristic: the SF is an SM and its action is formal normative, i.e., by this device, the aim is achieved through a formal normative action. It can be of two types, discretionary and nondiscretionary fiscal policy (Carrere & Melo, 2008). Non-discretionary fiscal mechanism is based on SFAs.3. By device, we understand a set of interrelated components to meet an external function / orientated exogenous. Fiscal policy is a PP, also called Public Policy of adjustment (PPA) in which we will not find the direct character of the public intervention, representing an assembly of norms, institutions and procedures aimed to administer, from the perspective of the public authorities, the macroeconomic equilibrium in the real economy, the control of taxation rates and governmental expenditure (Dinga, 2009, p. 84). But expansionary fiscal policy treads a thin line, needing to balance economic stimulation while keeping inflation as low as possible. There are four types of public revenue and one type of public expenditure, sensitive to the cycle. Just after the 2008 financial crisis, the government shelled out some serious cash (to the tune of around $831 billion) for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which, among many objectives, sought to boost infrastructure projects, provide tax cuts, and increase healthcare and education spending to stimulate the economy. Fiscal measures are frequently used in tandem with monetary policy to achieve certain goals. Regarding the aggregate method of quantifying the SBS (Fedelino, Ivanova, Horton, 2009), quantitative change of the SBS (modification of the cyclically-adjusted balance), comes from the budgetary cyclically-adjusted revenue and expenditure. The rate of action and the base of action are interchangeable. Formula (22) expresses E for an arbitrary moment of time t. After determining B(t) in formula (26), one may find the expression of E(t) as in formula (28), the optimal point and balance point respectively, being determined according to differential calculation theory in conditions (29), (30), equivalent to (31), (32). © 2020 TheStreet, Inc. All rights reserved. These aspects lead to the conclusion that the variation of E, respectively , is the highest when E is equal to the abscissa of the parabola’s vertex, which means for E = . In thermodynamics, there are three categories of attractions: (a) at equilibrium (equilibrium thermodynamics); (b) close to equilibrium (non-equilibrium linear thermodynamics); and (c) far from equilibrium (nonlinear thermodynamics). Lower taxes (e.g. 10. The inverse proportionality between the rate of action and the base of action results from relation (9), because by separating the variables we obtain: where c represents a nonzero real number. In terms of timing, the 2003 tax rebate a. As one of many examples, in 2015, Republicans who dominated Congress and the House proposed a new bill that would "dynamically score" tax and budget bills through fiscal analysis, according to The Huffington Post. 9. Since the early-to-mid 1900s, fiscal policy has been used by various administrations - sometimes successfully, sometimes not - to stabilize the economy. According to the definition in the field of mathematical analysis. But discretionary policy usually implies implementation lags and is not automatically reversed when economic conditions change. In contrast, SFAs ensure a prompter, and self-correcting fiscal response. Clearly arrived too late B. The goal behind expansionary fiscal policy is to lower tax rates and increase consumer aggregate demand, which will increase demand for products, requiring businesses to hire more employees to support the higher demand - and thus, increase employment. The present study aims to tackle the topic of discretionary vs nondiscretionary characteristic of fiscal stabilisers (SF). Examples include increases in spending on roads, bridges, stadiums, and other public works. By reducing the volatility of GDP, it means that potential GDP is exceeded by current GDP – on the increase (current GDP > potential GDP) or current GDP is decreased under potential GDP – on the decrease (current GDP < potential GDP) (Eichengreen, 1997). Discretionary fiscal policy means the government make changes to tax rates and or levels of government spending. 1. Prior to the 20th century, American economics were largely laissez-faire, meaning little government intervention in the natural flow of the economy. 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