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Myopic or constrained by balanced-budget-rules? The intertemporal spending behavior of Norwegian local governments

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  • Lars-Erik Borge

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    (Department of Economics & Centre for Economic Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Per Tovmo

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    (Centre for Economic Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

The paper analyzes the intertemporal spending behavior of Norwegian local governments with particular attention to liquidity constraints imposed by balanced-budget-rules (BBRs). The main findings are: (i) On average, local government spending behavior is neither perfectly forward looking nor fully myopic. (ii) Local governments with good fiscal conditions behave more forward looking than other local governments. (iii) A high degree of party fragmentations is associated with less forward looking behavior. The overall assessment is that the departure from rational forward looking behavior reflects both liquidity constraints imposed by BBRs and myopic behavior.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 8807.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:8807

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Keywords: Balanced-budget-rules; Intertemporal spending behavior; Consumption smoothing; Local government;

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  2. Revelli, Federico, 2010. "Tax mix corners and other kinks," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201017, University of Turin.
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