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The economics and empirics of the allocation of public consumption expenditures


  • George TRIDIMAS



The paper investigates the allocation of public consumption expenditures in the UK. After reviewing the empirical literature on the demand for public services, which is based on applied consumer analysis, it discusses the budgetary making process in the UK. It proceeds by estimating a system of demand equations for general government consumption expenditures in the UK during the period 1963-96. In addition to estimating the effects of relative prices, total expenditure and demographic variables, it finds that the constraints of homogeneity and symmetry cannot be rejected.

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  • George TRIDIMAS, 2006. "The economics and empirics of the allocation of public consumption expenditures," Departmental Working Papers 2006-02, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Universit√† degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2006-02

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    Allocation of public consumption expenditure; Consumer demand systems; UK General Government consumption expenditure.;

    JEL classification:

    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables

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