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Intertemporal Analysis of State and Local Government Spending: Theory ad Tests

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  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin
  • Harvey S. Rosen
  • Schuyler Tilly

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Do state and local governments smooth their consumption spending across years, or is their spending driven mainly by contemporaneous changes in resources? We design a test to determine which view of state and local spending is more consistent with the data. We find that state and local spending is determined primarily by current (as opposed to permanent) resources. That is, despite their apparent ability to skirt balanced budget laws, states and localities do not typically smooth their expenditures over time.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4261.

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Date of creation: Jan 1993
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Publication status: published as Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 35, p. 159-174, 1994
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