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Does the Left Spend More?

Georgios Magkonis (), Vassilis Logothetis () and Kalliopi-Maria Zekente
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No 2019-03, Working Papers in Economics & Finance from University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Business School, Economics and Finance Subject Group

Abstract: This study provides a quantitative review of the empirical literature on partisan politics. Given the voluminous work on this subject, we focus on the relationship between government ideology and public spending. By exploiting a dataset of 800 estimates from papers published between 1992 and 2018, we conduct a meta-analysis. Taking into account the differences in the various categories of spending, proxies of ideologies, estimations methods, as well as, data and publication characteristics, we conclude that more left-wing governments do spend more, although the effect tends to weaken over time.

Keywords: Partisan politics; government ideology; meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H00 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34
Date: 2019-01-09
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