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Government Spending In A Simple Model Of Endogenous Growth

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  • BARRO, R.J.

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One strand of endogenous-growth models assumes constant returns to a broad concept of capital. The author extends these models to include tax-financed government services that affect production or utility. Growth and saving rates fall with an increase in utility-type expenditures; the two rates rise initially with productive government expenditures, but subsequently decline. With an income tax, the decentralized choices of growth and saving are "too low," but if the production function is Cobb-Douglas, the optimizing government still satisfies a natural condition for productive efficiency. Empirical evidence across countries supports some of the hypotheses about government and growth. Copyright 1990 by University of Chicago Press.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 130.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 1988
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:130

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Postal: University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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Keywords: public expenditures ; taxation ; economic growth;

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