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Institutions and the Impact of Government Spending on Growth

  • James L. Butkiewicz

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Halit Yanikkaya

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    (Department of Economics,Gebze Institute of Technology)

This paper reports the results of a study of the impact of government expenditures on economic growth, emphasizing how government effectiveness in developing nations influences the productivity of government spending. The effects of categories of government spending on growth are also examined. No significant positive effects are found for defense, education and health variables. Consumption expenditures have negative growth effects in developed and developing nations, with a more detrimental impact in developing nations with ineffective governments. Developing nations with ineffective governments benefit from capital expenditures. To stimulate growth, developing nations should limit their governments’ consumption spending and invest in infrastructure.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-23.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:08-23.
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