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Inflation and the size of government

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  • Song Han
  • Casey B. Mulligan

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It is commonly supposed in public and academic discourse that inflation and big government are related. We show that economic theory delivers such a prediction only in special cases. As an empirical matter, inflation is significantly positively related to the size of government mainly when periods of war and peace are compared. We find a weak positive peacetime time series correlation between inflation and the size of government and a negative cross-country correlation of inflation with non-defense spending.

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  • Song Han & Casey B. Mulligan, 2002. "Inflation and the size of government," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2002-1, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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