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TitlePolitically driven cycles in fiscal policy: in depth analysis of the functional components of government expenditures
Author(s)Castro, Vítor
Martins, Rodrigo
KeywordsGovernment expenditures
Political cycles
Fiscal policy
Issue dateJan-2016
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
Abstract(s)This article analyses the incidence of politically driven cycles on the functional components and sub-components of government expenditures over a group of 18 European countries during the period 1990-2012. An LSDVC estimator is employed in the empirical analysis. The results point out to the presence of political opportunism at aggregated and disaggregated levels of public expenditures, but no significant evidence of partisan or other political effects is found. The expenditure components that have proved to be more related to that behaviour are public services, health, education and social protection. These include items able to generate more visible outcomes to voters and, consequently, of increasing government’s chance of re-election.
TypeWorking paper
DescriptionNIPE - WP 02/2016
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AccessOpen access
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