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The Evolution and Convergence of the Government Expenditure Composition in the OECD Countries

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  • Ismael Sanz

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  • Francisco J. Vel·zquez

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In the light of models of composition of government expenditure and economic growth and the growing globalization process, we infer that countries should tend to a similar structure of government spending over time. In fact, using Tukey box-plots and σ-convergence we show evidence of an approaching process in the composition of government expenditures in OECD countries for the period 1970--1997. We also identify by means of cluster analysis that most countries are converging towards two different models: one including twelve European and non-European countries and the other composed solely of eight countries of the European Union.

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  • Ismael Sanz & Francisco J. Vel·zquez, 2004. "The Evolution and Convergence of the Government Expenditure Composition in the OECD Countries," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 119(1_2), pages 61-72, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:119:y:2004:i:1_2:p:61-72
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