DP885 Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth: An Empirical Investigation
|Author(s):||William Easterly, Sérgio Rebelo|
|Publication Date:||January 1994|
|Keyword(s):||Development, Fiscal Policy, Growth, Infrastructure, Investment|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=885|
This paper describes the empirical regularities relating fiscal policy variables, the level of development and the rate of growth. We employ historical data, recent cross-section data, and newly constructed public investment series. Our main findings are: first, there is a strong association between the development level and the fiscal structure: poor countries rely heavily on international trade taxes, while income taxes are only important in developed economies; second, fiscal policy is influenced by the scale of the economy, measured by its population; and third, investment in transport and communication is consistently correlated with growth while the effects of taxation are difficult to isolate empirically.