The Stabilizing Role of Fiscal Policy: Theoretical Background and Empirical Evidence

  • Vladimir Vladimirov University of Economics - Varna
  • Maria Neicheva Burgas Free University


Тhе study sheds light on the stabilizing role of government budget. It finds that in Bulgaria both taxes and government spending are negatively related to the real growth rate. This leads to the conclusion that budgetary expenditure influence output in a non-Keynesian fashion. The size of discretionary fiscal impulse is the main determinant of the non-Keynesian outcome. The results imply that although the balanced budget ensures the sustainability of public finances, it does not guarantee a growth-stimulating effect in case of a large government sector. Abstention from an active fiscal policy would allow the automatic stabilizers to operate freely and to counteract the negative shocks to the economy.

Author Biographies

Vladimir Vladimirov, University of Economics - Varna
Associate Professor in Economics; Department of General Economic Theory
Maria Neicheva, Burgas Free University
Faculty of Business Studies Chief Assistant Professor in Economics
How to Cite
VLADIMIROV, Vladimir; NEICHEVA, Maria. The Stabilizing Role of Fiscal Policy: Theoretical Background and Empirical Evidence. IBSU Scientific Journal, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 7-22, may 2008. ISSN 2233-3002. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 09 aug. 2020.
Legal and Social Sciences, Economics


government budget; stabilizing fiscal policy; Keynesian vs. non-Keynesian effects