Working Paper

The Scope of Government and Its Impact on Economic Growth in OECD Countries

Author

  • Bernhard Heitger
Publication Date

This paper investigates the relationship between the size of government and economic growth in OECD countries in 1960-2000. The underlying idea is that government expenditures on public goods basically have a positive effect on growth, but this growth effect tends to decline or even reverse when government is overdoing, e.g. by increasing expenditures in such a way that it ultimately also provides private goods. Empirical analyses based on panel estimates for 21 OECD countries support this hypothesis: Total government expenditures as well as expenditures by type indicate a significant negative impact on economic growth (excepting transfers and public investments).

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JEL Classification
H1, H2, O4

Key Words

  • Government expenditure
  • taxation and economic growth