This paper studies macroeconomic effects of fiscal policies in four Asian countries—Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Philippines—by means of structural macroeconometric model simulations. It is found that short term fiscal multipliers from an untargeted increase in government expenditure are positive but much less than those from an increased expenditure targeted to capital spending. The multiplier effects from fiscal expansion via a tax rate
reduction are found to be typically much less than through higher spending. The effectiveness of automatic stabilizers in general, and more specifically, the effectiveness of expenditure versus tax-side stabilizers, differs across countries.