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Budget Deficits and Democracy: The Case of Turkey

Hakan Hotunluoğlu and Recep Tekeli

Sosyoekonomi Journal, 2013, issue 19(19)

Abstract: There is a vast body of literature on the political economy of budget deficits. These studies used different models to explain the political motivations behind budget deficits. There are some studies to explain the budget deficit in developed countries and assume that budget deficit is an expected outcome of fiscal policy in democratic countries. However, the studies have come to conclusion before analyzing whether the democracy affects budget deficit or not. To our knowledge there have not been many studies to explain whether the level of a country’s democracy affects budget deficits or not. In this paper, we will show a country’s level of democracy has a positive effect on budget deficit using a single country: Turkey.

Keywords: Budget Deficits; Democracy; Political Budget Deficit. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H61 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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