The Size of Government

REM Working Paper 0129-2020

36 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020

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António Afonso

University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics); ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa

Ludger Schuknecht

Bundesministerium der Finanzen

Vito Tanzi

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Date Written: May 27, 2020

Abstract

We discuss and provide an overview of the size and role of the government, notably in terms of what the government “should” do, how the government could spend and intervene in the economy, how much governments spend and what they spend their money on. This is done from a historical perspective and also in a stylized way via assessing total expenditure, the composition of public expenditure for advanced, emerging and developing countries.

Keywords: public spending; size of government; expenditure composition; public sector efficiency

JEL Classification: B00, E62, H11, H50, H62

Suggested Citation

Afonso, António and Schuknecht, Ludger and Tanzi, Vito, The Size of Government (May 27, 2020). REM Working Paper 0129-2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3612397

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Ludger Schuknecht

Bundesministerium der Finanzen ( email )

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Germany

Vito Tanzi

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

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