Economic Growth and Government Spending in Saudi Arabia: an Empirical Investigation

 
Author/Editor: Saad A. Alshahrani ; Ali J. Alsadiq
 
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
 
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Summary: This paper empirically examines the effects of different types of government expenditures, on economic growth in Saudi Arabia. We use different econometric techniques to estimate the short- and long-run effects of these expenditures on growth and employ annual data over the period 1969-2010. Our findings indicate that while private domestic and public investments, as well as healthcare expenditure, stimulate growth in the long-run, openness to trade and spending in the housing sector can also boost short-run production. These findings draw some policy implications for Saudi policymakers on maximizing the returns of the government spending on economic growth.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 14/3
Subject(s): Economic growth | Saudi Arabia | Government expenditures | Fiscal policy | Time series | Economic models

 
English
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484348796/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2014003 Pages: 26
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