Ethan Ilzetzki

Ethan Ilzetzki’s research focuses on the macroeconomics of fiscal policy. His work combines both theory and empirical studies in an attempt to shed light on the conduct and effects of fiscal policy, with a particular interest in the fiscal policy in developing countries.

Examples of Ethan’s recent research include his study ‘Rent-Seeking Distortions and Fiscal Procyclicality’, which combines macroeconomic methods with insights from political economy with the aim of explaining the behavior of fiscal policymakers in developing countries. His research ‘How Big (Small?) are Fiscal Multipliers?’ (with Carlos A. Vegh and Enrique E. Mendoza) shows that fiscal policy can be very effective in closed economies and those with fixed exchange rates, but is not as potent in open countries and those with flexible exchange rates. It also demonstrates that fiscal policy can be counterproductive in highly indebted developing countries, and that government investment is a more potent fiscal tool than other forms of government spending.

Content by Ethan Ilzetzki
  • Blog post

    The macroeconomic benefits of increasing tax enforcement in Pakistan

    In Pakistan, increased tax enforcement may be a more effective way to raise revenues than increased tax rates, given the large share of informal employment. This could in turn increase GDP due to increased government investment capacity. Goods and taxes Like most developing countries, Pakistan has a comprehensive set of statutory taxes that firms are required to pay on a...

    20 Oct 2017 | David Lagakos, Ethan Ilzetzki

  • Publication - Project Report

    The macroeconomic benefits of tax enforcement in Pakistan

    19 Sep 2017 | Ethan Ilzetzki, David Lagakos

  • Project

    Taxation, misallocation and development

    Why are there so few large, productive firms in the developing world? To what extent is weak fiscal capacity a constraint on firm productivity and economic growth? This project seeks to answer these questions using a mix of new micro evidence and quantitative theory.

    19 Oct 2016 | David Lagakos, Ethan Ilzetzki