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Economics and politics in the United States: a state-level investigation

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  • Chun-Ping Chang
  • Yoonbai Kim
  • Yung-hsiang Ying

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We examine state income and government spending data to investigate the role of political parties and elections in state business cycles of the United States, and find strong support for the partisan political business cycles, both traditional and rational versions. The growth rate of per capita real income and government spending tend to be higher (lower) with a Democratic (Republican) governor as well as a Democratic (Republican) president. In case of economic growth, we find some evidence for opportunistic cycles induced by national level politics; meanwhile, both national and state governments seem to generate expansionary policy in election years.

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  • Chun-Ping Chang & Yoonbai Kim & Yung-hsiang Ying, 2009. "Economics and politics in the United States: a state-level investigation," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(4), pages 343-354.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:12:y:2009:i:4:p:343-354 DOI: 10.1080/17487870903314633
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