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Title:Social Expenditures as a Political Cue Ball? OECD Countries under Examination PDF Logo
Authors:Potrafke, Niklas
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:DIW-Diskussionspapiere 676
Abstract:This paper examines how policy affects social expenditures. Analyzing an OECD panel from 1980 to 2003, five political variables are tested: Election- and pre-election years, the ideological party composition of the governments, the number of coalition partners and the fact, if the ruling government has a majority in parliament or not (minority government). I find that neither of these variables have an impact on social expenditures using different model set-ups. The influence of national governments seems to be limited by the globalization, which indeed impairs social expenditures.
Subjects:social expenditures
electoral cycles
partisan politics
globalisation
JEL:H50
D72
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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