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Economic Growth and the Public Sector: A Comparison of Canada and Italy, 1870-2013

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  • L. Di Matteo

    (Lakehead University, Canada)

  • T. Barbiero

    (Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis; Ryerson University, Canada)

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There is considerable evidence that the size of the public sector can influence an economy's rate of economic growth. We investigate public sector spending of central governments and economic performance in two G7 countries over the long-term, Canada and Italy. Their economic performance has diverged in the last 25 years and it is worth investigating whether the size of government was a contributing factor. We find that in both the case of Canada and Italy the size of central government spending directly affects the performance of their economies in an inverse U-shaped relationship known as a Scully/BARS Curve. These results suggest that along with modifying current central government size, other levels of governments may need to shrink their own spending.

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  • L. Di Matteo & T. Barbiero, 2018. "Economic Growth and the Public Sector: A Comparison of Canada and Italy, 1870-2013," Working Paper series 18-08, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:18-08
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    1. Caggiano, Giovanni & Castelnuovo, Efrem, 2011. "On the dynamics of international inflation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 189-191, August.
    2. Karim M. Abadir, 2011. "Is the economic crisis over (and out)?," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 3(2), pages 102-108, October.
    3. Karim M. Abadir & Gabriel Talmain, 2012. "Beyond Co-Integration: Modelling Co-Movements in Macro finance," Working Paper series 25_12, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
    4. Giovanni Caggiano & Efrem Castelnuovo, 2008. "Long Memory and Non-Linearities in International Inflation," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0076, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".

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