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Dynamics between government spending and economic growth in China: an analysis of productivity growth

Thanh Su and Canh Nguyen ()

Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 2019, vol. 17, issue 2, 189-212

Abstract: This study investigates the dynamics between government spending and economic growth in China through influencing the productivity growth of human capital byapplying Markov switching estimates for the annual time series data of China over the period 1952–2014. Firstly, we found that the Chinese economy exists in two states including state one with low growth and state two with high growth. Secondly, the consumption spending has significantly positive effect both states, while the military spending has only positive effect in state two. Interestingly, the growth effect level of consumption spending in state two is smaller than that in state one, implying a reducing effect of total factor productivity in state two. Thirdly, the combined effects of consumption spending and military spending with human capital are state dependent. This combined effect is reduced in both states, suggesting that government spending does not improve the productivity growth effect of human capital.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2019.1567069

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