Asymmetric Government Expenditure: A Comparison of Advanced and Developing Countries

Asymmetric Government Expenditure: A Comparison of Advanced and Developing Countries

Title:

Asymmetric Government Expenditure: A Comparison of Advanced and Developing Countries

Number:

16/17

Author(s):

Ali Aşkın Çulha

Language:

English

Date:

August 2016

Abstract:

This paper studies the responsiveness of government expenditures to business cycles and introduces an index of asymmetric government expenditures using panel data for a broad set of advanced and developing countries during the period 1981-2014. The empirical findings show that government expenditures tend to be procyclical in developing countries but acyclical in advanced economies. In addition, it is found that government expenditures respond in a countercyclical manner during bad times in advanced countries, but in a strongly procyclical manner during good times in developing countries. The results also indicate that the index of asymmetric government expenditures for developing countries tend to be higher than that of the advanced countries.

Keywords:

Government expenditure, Procyclicality, Countercyclicality, Asymmetry

JEL Codes:

E32; E62; H50

Asymmetric Government Expenditure: A Comparison of Advanced and Developing Countries
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