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Growth effects of government expenditure and taxation in rich countries
2001 (English)In: European Economic Review, ISSN 0014-2921, E-ISSN 1873-572X, Vol. 45, no 8, 1501-1520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of cross-country comparisons do not find a robust negative relationship between government size and economic growth, In part, this may reflect the prediction in economic theory that a negative relationship should exist primarily for rich countries with large public sectors. In this paper an econometric panel study is conducted on a sample of rich countries covering the 1970-1995 period. Extended extreme bounds analyses are reported based on a regression model that tackles a number of econometric issues. Our general finding is that the more the econometric problems are addressed, the more robust the relationship between government size and economic growth appears. Our most complete specifications are robust even according to the stringent extreme bounds criterion.

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2001. Vol. 45, no 8, 1501-1520 p.
Keyword [en]
economic growth, extreme bounds analysis, fiscal policy, government expenditure, public sector, taxation, cross-country regressions, panel regressions, robustness test, consistent covariance-matrix, long-run growth, economic-growth, fiscal-policy, heteroskedasticity, regressions, empirics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20812ISI: 000169971900007OAI: diva2:339509
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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