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The Intertemporal Spending Behavior of Local Governments: A Comparative Analysis of the Scandinavian Countries

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  • Borge, Lars-Erik

    (Department of Economics)

  • Dahlberg, Matz

    () (Department of Economics)

  • Tovmo, Per

    (Department of Economics)

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The paper investigates the intertemporal spending behavior of Scandinavian local governments with particular attention to liquidity constraints imposed by balanced-budget-rules and other regulations. The main finding is that Danish local governments are more able to smooth current expenditures than their Norwegian and Swedish counterparts. Whereas the permanent-income hypothesis cannot be rejected for Denmark, it is in most cases rejected for Norway and Sweden. The Swedish system of market-based control and the Norwegian system of administrative control seem to produce similar results in terms of consumption smoothing.

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  • Borge, Lars-Erik & Dahlberg, Matz & Tovmo, Per, 2001. "The Intertemporal Spending Behavior of Local Governments: A Comparative Analysis of the Scandinavian Countries," Working Paper Series 2001:10, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Persson, Lovisa, 2013. "Consumption smoothing in a balanced budget regim," Working Paper Series 2013:19, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
    2. Abdul Jalil, Ahmad Zafarullah & Abdul Karim, Noor Al-Huda, 2008. "Constraining the spending behavior of subnational governments through borrowing limitation: The case of Malaysia," MPRA Paper 25234, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Local government consumption; Intertemporal decision-making;

    JEL classification:

    • D99 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Other
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures

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