Government spending and economic growth in the OECD countries

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Using panel data from 1995 to 2011 for 34 OECD countries, we examine the effects of government consumption spending, public social spending, and public investment on economic growth. We use a generalized method of moments estimation technique to solve inconsistency problems with fixed effects and random effects panel estimation. We find that an increase in public social spending has a significant negative effect on subsequent economic growth. Government consumption spending and public investment have no significant effect on subsequent economic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-395
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Economic Policy Reform
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • economic growth
  • generalized method of moments
  • government consumption spending
  • investment
  • public social spending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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