The Size of Government
REM Working Paper 0129-2020
36 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 27, 2020
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
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