Is Government Size Optimal in the Gulf Countries of the Middle East? An Empirical Investigation
AbstractThe size of government consumption relative to national output is examined to see if it is optimal in five Gulf countries of the Middle East. We follow the methodology suggested in Barro (1990) and Karras (1996, 1997) and examine the marginal productivity of government consumption. The "Barro rule" states that government services are optimally provided when the marginal product of government consumption is one. Regression tests are undertaken for each country, and then in panels created by pooling data from all countries. Results reveal that government consumption is productive, but the size of government is too large to be optimal.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 9911.
Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1999
Date of revision: Apr 1999
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
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- Hassan Aly & Mark Strazicich, 2000. "Is Government Size Optimal in the Gulf Countries of the Middle East? An empirical investigation," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(4), pages 475-483.
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