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An Investigation on the Relationship between Government Size and Unemployment Rate: Evidence from OECD Countries

Ahmet Aysu and Gökhan Dökmen

Sosyoekonomi Journal, 2011, issue 16(16)

Abstract: It is widely accepted that size of government is an important determinant of labor market performance. Therefore, understanding the effects of government size on employment is both empirically and theoretically critical. Recent empirical studies indicate that the size of government is inversely related to labor market performance. This study examines the relationship between government size and unemployment rate for 17 OECD countries over the period of 1990-2007 using panel cointegration analysis. The empirical findings indicate a statistically significant relationship between size of government and unemployment rates.

Keywords: Government Size; Unemployment Rate; Panel Cointegration. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 H11 H30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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