Public expenditure and growth volatility: do "globalisation" and institutions matter?
AbstractWe revisit the empirical relationship between output volatility and government expenditure in a model where the two are jointly deter- mined. The key regressors in our model are trade and ¯nancial integra- tion indicators, institutional variables, including central bank indepen- dence, and a measure of de facto exchange rate °exibility. Our ¯ndings consistently signal that government discretion has destabilising e®ects on growth volatility. We con¯rm that government size increases with trade integration, but this has adverse e®ects because public spending is positively related to growth volatility. Institutions that increase policy- makers accountability limit the level of public expenditure and volatility. In this regard, our results support the view that stronger institutions increase policy efficiency.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 116.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2007
Date of revision: 2007
Output volatility; government expenditure; trade openness; financial openness; central bank independence; political institutions;
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