Pantheon Macroeconomics - A shutdown of the federal government, which could happen as early as this weekend, is a political event rather than a macroeconomic shock. But if it happens--if Congress cannot agree on even a shortterm stop-gap spending measure in order to keep the lights on after the 28th--it would demonstrate yet again that the splits in the House mean that the prospects of a substantial near-term loosening of fiscal policy are now very slim.

Independent Incisive Illuminating

Skip to Main Content

25 April 2017A Government Shutdown Would Say More About Politics Than Economics

By Ian Shepherdson

A shutdown of the federal government, which could happen as early as this weekend, is a political event rather than a macroeconomic shock. But if it happens--if Congress cannot agree on even a shortterm stop-gap spending measure in order to keep the lights on after the 28th--it would demonstrate yet again that the splits in the House mean that the prospects of a substantial near-term loosening of fiscal policy are now very slim.

Posted: 24th Apr 2017 in 'U.S. Documents'

This document is only available to subscribers of our U.S. Economic Research.

Request a complimentary trial or login here

Are you taking full advantage of our daily publications?

Pantheon Macroeconomics produce daily publications for U.S., Eurozone, Latin America, UK and Asia, as well as analysis on key data within a few minutes of their release. To activate a complimentary trial on any of these areas, please click here.

U.S. Economic ResearchEurozone Economic ResearchLatin America Economic ResearchUK Economic ResearchAsia Economic Research

« Go back to publications list, or Click here to register for a complimentary trial

Access Key Enabled Navigation

Keywords for: U.S. Documents | 25 April 2017A Government Shutdown Would Say More About Politics Than Economics

government, government shutdown, rate hikes, tax cuts, consumer confidence, conference board, gdp, tax cuts, gdp growth, weather, employment, fed, private investment, private fixed investment, payroll, payroll gains, construction, michigan survey, case-shiller, home prices, house prices, redbook survey, pantheon macroeconomics, pantheon, macroeconomic, macroeconomics, independent advice, independent analysis, advisors, advisers, advisor, advice, independent, analysis, research, economic intelligence, economy, economic, economics, economists, Dr. Ian Shepherdson, Ian Shepherdson, financial market, financial, market, finance