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Public expenditure in time of crisis: are Italian policymakers choosing the right mix?

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  • Maria Jennifer Grisorio
  • Francesco Prota

In the “austerity debate” a crucial issue is the composition of fiscal adjustment. This article provides empirical evidence on the relationship between economic crisis episodes and composition of public expenditure by examining the impact of economic crises on the share of different types of public spending in total public expenditure in the Italian regions. Our results suggest that fiscal consolidation strategies have not had growth-friendly composition.

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network in its series Working Papers. Collection B: Regional and sectoral economics with number 1602.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2016
Handle: RePEc:gov:wpregi:1602
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