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The Effect of Government Size on the Steady-State Unemployment Rate: A Structural Error Correction Model

  • Burton A. Abrams

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Siyan Wang

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    (Department of Economics,University of Dela)

In this paper, we investigate the relationship between government size and the unemployment rate using a structural error correction model that describes both the short-run dynamics and long-run determination of the unemployment rate. Using data from twenty OECD countries from 1970 to 1999, we find that government size, measured as total government outlays as a percentage of GDP, plays a significant role in affecting the steady-state unemployment rate. We disaggregate government outlays and find that transfers and subsidies significantly affect the steady-state unemployment rate while government expenditures on goods and services play no significant role.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06-05.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:06-05
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