On the Optimal Government Size in Europe: Theory and Empirical Evidence
This paper extimates the optimal government size for the representative European country by investigating the role of public services in the production process. The empirical results support the following conclusions: (1) government services are significantly productive; (2) there is no evidence that government services (on average) are not optimally provided; (3) the optimal government size is 16 percent (+/- 3 percent) for the average International Comparison Program European country; and (4) the marginal productivity of government services may be negatively related to government size. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester
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Volume (Year): 65 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
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