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Is There Any Race to the Top of Productive Government Expenditures? Evidence from OECD Countries (1970-1997)

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  • Ismael Sanz

    (European Economy Group-Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Department of Applied Economics, Madrid)

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This paper evaluates whether there has been any convergence in government expenditures. The results obtained, by means of the Tukey box-plot, sigma-convergence and conditional beta-convergence, reveal that there is a growing fiscal interdependence among OECD countries. I argue that there is strong evidence of a Òrace to the topÓ of government productive expenditures among OECD countries during the period 1970-1997. The econometric analysis shows that aggregate OECD productive expenditures have pressured countries to increase their own levels of productive expenditures, which might be indicating a competition to attract FDI. In contrast, there is no evidence of convergence in non-productive government expenditures.

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Article provided by European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium in its journal European Political Economy Review.

Volume (Year): 3 (2005-2006)
Issue (Month): Winter ()
Pages: 29-52

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Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:3:y:2005-2006:i:winter:p:29-52

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Keywords: Composition of government expenditure; convergence; economic integration; OECD;

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