Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18546
Authors: 
Potrafke, Niklas
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 653
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effects of political determinants on the allocation of public expenditures. Analyzing an OECD panel from 1990 to 2004, a SURE model controls for the contemporaneous correlation between the different expenditure categories (COFOG). I find that left governments set other priorities than right governments: In particular, they increase spending for ?Environment protection?, ?Recreation; Culture and Religion? and ?Education?. The number of coalition partners as well as minority governments affects the allocation of public expenditures, too. In contrast, there are no election and pre-election year effects.
Subjects: 
allocation of public expenditures
partisan politics
JEL: 
D72
H50
E62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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