The Macroeconomics of Parties' Tax and Spending Plans

Publication date: 6 Dec 2019 | Publication type: General Election Briefing | Theme: Macroeconomics | NIESR Author(s): Young, G

Most economic analyses of parties’ tax and spending promises treat the government’s budget like that of a household, ignoring the impact of proposed policies on the economy.  This briefing aims to fill this gap by providing a macroeconomic assessment of announced fiscal policies. It focuses on:

  • The impact of the parties’ tax and spending plans on economic output and consumer prices
  • The combined impact of parties’ Brexit policies and tax and spending plans on the economy.
  • How monetary policy is likely to respond to prevent inflation rising above target.
  • A discussion of economic policies beyond tax and spending and their effect on the economy. 


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