Economic Review

1992

 
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Nov/Dec, 1992

Forecasting the Effects of Reduced Defense Spending

Peter N. Ireland and Christopher Otrok

Forecasts from a vector autoregressive model indicate that the substantial cuts in defense spending proposed by the Bush Administration in 1991 are likely to reduce GNP in both the short run and the long run. These forecasts hold even if proceeds from the spending cuts are used to reduce the federal debt. The long-range VAR forecasts, in particular, contrast markedly with those of the large-scale econometric models employed by the Congressional Budget Office.

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