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Inequality, Growth and Public Spending in Central, East and Southeast Europe

  • Mario Holzner

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    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

The article analyses the joint determinants of inequality and growth with a special emphasis on public spending structures in transition. The mutual benefit of low real interest rates, to both equity and economic development is a major result of this paper. In terms of public spending items we find a positive correlation with equity and a negative with growth as several of the government expenditure items seem to act counter-cyclically. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the European integration process allowed most of the transition economies to aim for the best of both worlds equity and economic development.

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Paper provided by The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw in its series wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers with number 87.

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Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Publication status: Published as wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper
Handle: RePEc:wii:bpaper:087
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