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Government Outlays, Economic Growth and Unemployment: A VAR Model

Siyan Wang () and Burton Abrams ()
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Siyan Wang: Department of Economics,University of Delaware

No 11-13, Working Papers from University of Delaware, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the dynamic effects of government outlays on economic growth and the unemployment rate. Using vector autoregression and data from twenty OECD countries over three recent decades, we found: (1) positive shocks to government outlays slow down economic growth and raise the unemployment rate; (2) different types of government outlays have different effects on growth and unemployment, with transfers and subsidies having a larger effect than government purchases; (3) causality runs one-way from government outlays to economic growth and the unemployment rate; (4) the above results are not sensitive to how government outlays are financed.

Keywords: government outlays; economic growth; unemployment rate; vector autoregression; Granger causality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C32 H50 J64 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011
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