Government Size, Composition, Volatility and Economic Growth

Posted: 1 Nov 2010

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António Afonso

University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics); ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa; REM - Research in Economics and Mathematics

Davide Furceri

University of Palermo; Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

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Date Written: October 29, 2010

Abstract

This paper analyses the effects in terms of size and volatility of government revenue and spending on growth in OECD and EU countries. The results of the paper suggest that both variables are detrimental to growth. In particular, looking more closely at the effect of each component of government revenue and spending, the results point out that i) indirect taxes (size and volatility); ii) social contributions (size and volatility); iii) government consumption (size and volatility); iv) subsidies (size); and v) government investment (volatility) have a sizeable, negative and statistically significant effect on growth.

Keywords: Fiscal policy, Government size, Fiscal volatility, Economic growth

JEL Classification: E62, H50, O40

Suggested Citation

Afonso, António and Furceri, Davide, Government Size, Composition, Volatility and Economic Growth (October 29, 2010). European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 517–532, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1699715

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