Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/116977
Authors: 
Mourão, Paulo
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
44th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Regions and Fiscal Federalism", 25th - 29th August 2004, Porto, Portugal
Abstract: 
This work analyzes the evolution of real public expenditures of local and regional administrations (LRA), in Portugal, in the period after the Second World War. It also aims to estimate the elasticities associated to determinants, which explain the found growth. As most relevant results, it is focused that real public expenditures of LRA did not increase in a constant way – the most significant period of growth was between 1975 and 1990. A long-term relation was found among real public expenditures of LRA (as a proportion of real Gross National Product), the Number of Employees in Public Administration, the Number of Unemployed and Public Revenues. These results are consistent with modern versions of Wagner’s Laws, with the role of lobbying groups and with the bureaucracy being a source of discouragement referring to the decentralized public expenditures. JEL Codes: H50; H54; H72; C13 Keywords: Public Expenditures; Cointegration; Decentralization
Subjects: 
Public Expenditures
Cointegration
Decentralization
JEL: 
H50
H54
H72
C13
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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