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Legislature Size, Bicameralism and Government Spending:Evidence from Democratic Countries

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    In this paper we study the relationship between legislature size with respect to general government and welfare spending. According to the theory, legislature size has an indefinite effect on government spending because logrolling and transaction costs have canceling effects. Bicameralism is expected to have a negative effect because of the increased transaction cost of finding a viable majority in two houses with different constituencies. We use a cross-section of 75 countries over the period 1990-1998 controlling for some institutional features that differ among countries. We find that both legislature size and bicameralism do not have a significant effect on the two types of spending.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London in its series Royal Holloway, University of London: Discussion Papers in Economics with number 04/08.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2004
    Date of revision: Jun 2004
    Handle: RePEc:hol:holodi:0408

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    Keywords: legislature size; bicameralism; interest groups; government spending.;

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