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Manuchehr Irandoust
Government spending and revenues in Sweden 1722–2011: evidence from hidden cointegration
Empirica, 2018, 45(3), S.543-557, http://www.springer.com/10663
This study examines the long-run causal relationship between government revenues and spending of the Swedish economy over the period 1722–2011. The results based on hidden cointegration technique and a modified version of the Granger non-causality test, show that there exists a long-run and asymmetric relationship between government spending and government revenues. Our estimation results can be summarised into three main empirical findings. First, the government follows a hard budget constraint and soft budget constraint strategies in the case of negative and positive shocks, respectively. Second, negative shocks to the fiscal budget are removed fairly quickly compared to positive shocks. Third, bi-directional causality between revenues and expenditures offers support in favour of the fiscal synchronisation hypothesis. The policy implication is that budget deficit's reduction could be achieved through government spending cut, accompanied by contemporaneous tax controls.
Forschungsbereich:Makroökonomie und europäische Wirtschaftspolitik
Sprache:Englisch

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