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Fiscal Policy And Growth Revisited: The Case Of The Spanish Regions

  • Óscar Bajo Rubio

    (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

  • Carmen Díaz Roldán

    (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

  • M.a Dolores Montávez Garcés

    (Universidad Pública de Navarra)

. In this paper we present an assessment of the effects of fiscal policy on economic growth, focusing on the role of public expenditure. Starting from a theoretical model where only those public expenditure items strictly presumed to influence the production process (i. e., public capital and transfers) are incorporated into the production function, we provide an empirical application for the case of the Spanish regions during the period 1967-1991. The results confirm the positive effect of public investment on growth, together with a positive effect of transfers but only for poorer regions.

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