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Unemployment and government size: Is there any credible causality?

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  • Dimitris Christopoulos
  • Efthymios Tsionas

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This paper investigates the Abrams curve, that is the relationship between government size and unemployment, for 10 European countries over the period 1961-1999. This paper uses credible causality inferences that do not depend on the stationarity or cointegration properties of the data. The results support the idea that there is an Abrams curve but the relation between government size and the unemployment rate is not likely to be simple.

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  • Dimitris Christopoulos & Efthymios Tsionas, 2002. "Unemployment and government size: Is there any credible causality?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(12), pages 797-800.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:9:y:2002:i:12:p:797-800
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850210129432
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    1. Jason E. Taylor & Ronald L. Klingler, 2016. "Fiscal Contraction and Economic Expansion: The 2013 Sequester and Post–World War II Spending Cuts," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 36(1), pages 69-88, Winter.
    2. Ahmet AYSU & Gökhan DÖKMEN, 2011. "An Investigation on the Relationship between Government Size and Unemployment Rate: Evidence from OECD Countries," Sosyoekonomi Journal, Sosyoekonomi Society, issue 16(16).
    3. repec:eco:journ1:2017-05-9 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Burton A. Abrams & Siyan Wang, 2007. "Government Outlays, Economic Growth and Unemployment: A VAR Model," Working Papers 07-13, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
    5. Siyan Wang & Burton A. Abrams, 2011. "The Effect of Government Size on the Steady-State Unemployment Rate: A Dynamic Perspective," Working Papers 11-12, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
    6. Horst Feldmann, 2006. "Government Size and Unemployment: Evidence from Industrial Countries," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 127(3), pages 443-459, June.

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