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Fiscal policy institutions and history

  • David Cuberes Vilalta

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    (Dpto. Fundamentos del Análisis Económico)

  • Andrew Mountford

    (Royal Holloway)

This paper shows that historical variables can explain a significant part of discretionary government spending across countries. We argue that these results provide evidence in favor of Besley and Persson’s (2009) hypothesis that institutional quality or state capacity is historically determined and further that institutional quality determines, in part, economic policy.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2012-02.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Publication status: Published by Ivie
Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2012-02
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  1. Acemoglu, Daron & Johnson, Simon & Robinson, James A. & Yared, Pierre, 2009. "Reevaluating the modernization hypothesis," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(8), pages 1043-1058, November.
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