The Effect of Federal Government Size on Long-Term Economic Growth in the United States, 1792-2004
AbstractIn this paper, we consider whether there is statistical evidence for a causal relationship between federal government expenditures and growth in real per-capita GDP in the United States, using available data going back to 1792. After studying the time-series properties of these variables for stationarity and cointegration, we investigate Granger causality in detail in the context of a Vector Error Correction Model. While we find causal evidence supporting Wagner’s Law, we find no evidence supporting the common assertion that a larger government sector leads to slower economic growth.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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long-term economic growth; federal government size; Wagner’s Law; United States; cointegration; Granger causality; vector autoregression; vector error correction model;
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