Growth in Public Finances as Tool for Control: Norwegian Development 1850-1950

33 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014

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Ola Honningdal Grytten

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics

Date Written: May 7, 2014

Abstract

By drawing on information from public accounts from the nineteenth and twentieth century the present paper aims at mapping the development of key financial indicators for the Norwegian central government sector. It concludes that growth in the size of this sector often, but clearly not always, reflects political economy regimes. The paper concludes that persistant growth in public finances as tool for control over the economy did not take place before the introduction of the social-democratic regime in 1935.

JEL Classification: P11, P16, N23, N24, N33, N34, N43, N44, O16, O21, O23

Suggested Citation

Grytten, Ola Honningdal, Growth in Public Finances as Tool for Control: Norwegian Development 1850-1950 (May 7, 2014). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 15/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2440666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2440666

Ola Honningdal Grytten (Contact Author)

Institutt for samfunnsøkonomi / Department of Economics Norges Handelshøyskole / Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

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