Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73179
Authors: 
Enkelmann, Sören
Leibrecht, Markus
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 275
Abstract: 
Through disaggregating public expenditures by economic functions this paper offers a new perspective on the existence and effectiveness of electorally motivated expenditure policy. The aim of the paper is to provide more detailed information on the specific expenditure categories by which politicians try to affect election results. Based on COFOG data for 32 OECD and Eastern European countries over the years 1990-2010, it is shown that political expenditure cycles in total expenditures as well as in specific expenditure categories mainly exist in newly democratized Eastern European countries. However, the paper also provides evidence that these electorally motivated spending policies are ineffective means to enhance the reelection probability.
Subjects: 
political expenditure cycle
political economy
re-election probability
COFOG
JEL: 
H11
H30
H50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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