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Fiscal Composition and Long-term Growth

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  • António Afonso
  • João Tovar Jalles

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We assess the fiscal composition-growth nexus, using a large country panel, accounting for the usually encountered econometric pitfalls. Our results show that revenues have no significant impact on growth whereas expenditures have negative effects. The same is true for the OECD with the addition that government revenue has a negative impact on growth. From our results, taxes on income are not growth enhancing, as well as public wages, interest payments, subsidies and government consumption. Spending on education and health boosts growth; and there is weak evidence supporting causality running from expenditures and revenues to output. JEL Classification: C23, E62, H50

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  • Morten Balling & Peter Egger & Ernest Gnan & Axel A. Weber & Harald W. Stieber & Stavros Vourloumis & António Afonso & João Tovar Jalles & Franco Bruni & André van Poeck & Maartje Wijffelaars & Sé, 2013. "States, Banks, and the Financing of the Economy: Fiscal Policy and Sovereign Risk Perspectives," SUERF Studies, SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum, number 2013/2 edited by Morten Balling & Peter Egger & Ernest Gnan.
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