Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130367
Authors: 
de Mello, Luiz
Schotte, Simone
Tiongson, Erwin R.
Winkler, Hernan
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9681
Abstract: 
This paper looks at how individual preferences for the allocation of government spending change along the life cycle. Using the Life in Transition Survey II for 34 countries of Europe and Central Asia, we find that older individuals are less likely to support a rise in government outlays on education and more likely to support increases in spending on pensions. These results are very similar across countries, and they do not change when using alternative model specifications, estimation methods and data sources. Using repeated cross‐sections, we control for cohort effects and confirm our main results. Our findings are consistent with a body of literature arguing that conflict across generations over the allocation of public expenditures may intensify in ageing economies.
Subjects: 
ageing
public spending
cohort effects
JEL: 
H3
H5
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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