Government Spending, Taxes, and Economic Growth

Author/Editor:

Paul Cashin

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

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Summary:

This paper develops an endogenous growth model of the influence of public investment, public transfers, and distortionary taxation on the rate of economic growth. The growth-enhancing effects of investment in public capital and transfer payments are modeled, as is the growth-inhibiting influence of the levying of distortionary taxes which are used to fund such expenditure. The theoretical implications of the model are then tested with data from 23 developed countries between 1971 and 1988, and time series cross sectional results are obtained which support the proposed influence of the public finance variables on economic growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/92

Subject:

Notes:

Study based on data from 23 developed countries between 1971 and 1988. Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 42, No. 2, June 1995.

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451951479/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0921994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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