Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/66141
Authors: 
Magazzino, Cosimo
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Discussion Papers 2012-57
Abstract: 
This paper aims to assess the relationship among fiscal variables (net lending, government expenditure and revenue) and economic growth in Sub-Saharan African countries. Using yearly data for the period between 1980 and 2011 in 15 ECOWAS countries, a weak long-run relationship between government expenditure and revenue emerge, but only in the case of WAMZ countries. Granger causality analysis showed mixed results for WAEMU countries, while for four out of six WAMZ countries (Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) the tax-and-spend hypothesis holds, since government revenue would drive the expenditure. Finally, in the last three decades, cyclical component of economic growth has reduced its fluctuations, both for WAEMU and WAMZ member States.
Subjects: 
ECOWAS
Sub-Saharan Africa
economic growth
government expenditure
government revenue
panel
JEL: 
E62
F33
B22
C33
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/deed.en
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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