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La spesa pubblica in Italia prima e dopo la crisi

Antonio Affuso and V. Bravi ()

No 2014-EP01, Economics Department Working Papers from Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy)

Abstract: In response to the recession, many European Countries, Italy included, are undertaking large spending cuts and tax hikes. This paper investigates whether the changes in the composition of public spending would hurt the long-run economic growth. If the composition of spending is strongly tilted towards nondiscretionary items, the resulting expenditure policies are adversely constrained. Flexibility is needed in reducing inefficient expenditure rather than restraining flexible components of the budget, such as public investment in research and development, and education. In this paper, the initial investigation analyzed the composition of Italian public spending, and then assessed the variation effects of the components of public expenditure on the European countries GDP growth using Panel Data Analysis. The results suggested that expenditure on social protection, pension and general services negatively affected the GDP growth rate, while education and public order expenditure had positive effects.

Keywords: fiscal consolidation; public expenditure; panel; economic crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H50 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2014
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