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Fiscal Policy and Economic Development, Alex Mourmouras, Peter Rangazas

This paper offers possible explanations for three generally observed facts about fiscal policy and development: (F1) The relative size of government increases as an economy develops, (F2) The rise in government and taxation are associated with rising or constant economic growth rates, and (F3) Today's developing countries have larger government sectors than did today's developed countries at similar stages of development. The explanations for these facts are based on the structural transformation from traditional (mostly agricultural) to modern (industrial and post-industrial) production, rising public infrastructure investment, and less representative governments in many of today's developing economies
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; Figures; 1. Selected Industrial Countries: Government Purchases (share of GDP); Tables; 1. Government in Developed and Developing Countries; 2. Growth Rate in Productivity per Hour Worked (Annualized Percent); II. Related Literature; A. Growth of Government; B. Taxation and the Traditional Sector; C. Land Inequality and Development; III. The Model; A. Production; B. Households; C. Equilibrium; D. Government; IV. Explaining Fiscal Policy; V. Government Debt; VI. Calibration Experiments; A. Calibrating the Model
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non fiction
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1 online resource (35 p.)
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