This paper examines the effectiveness of an automatic fiscal policy in dealing with an economic recession in Indonesia. By using a mixture of quantity and quality approaches, we find that the automatic stabilizer policy can be used in Indonesian state finances, whereby several components of state revenue, namely income tax, consumption tax, excise, and non-tax revenue, have elasticity of more than one. In comparison, only one component of government spending, namely interest payment, has an elasticity of more than one. We also find that activating the automatic stabilizer policy requires a particular article in the State Finance Law, that regulates when the automatic stabilizer instrument, to be used. These findings open an additional avenue for understanding the effectiveness of policy stimulus to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Syamsurijal, Cucun Ahmad; Sugandi, Yogi Suprayogi; Sumaryana, Asep; and Ismanto, Slamet Usman
"IS THE AUTOMATIC STABILIZER POLICY EFFECTIVE IN
COMBATING AN ECONOMIC RECESSION?
A CASE STUDY OF THE INDONESIAN STATE BUDGET,"
Bulletin of Monetary Economics and Banking: Vol. 26:
0, Article 4.
Available at: https://bulletin.bmeb-bi.org/bmeb/vol26/iss0/4