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Title: Sizing the government
Authors: De Witte, Kristof
Moesen, Willem
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Munich Personal RePEc Archive
Series Title: MPRA Paper 14785 pages:1-28
Abstract: Is there such a thing as an optimal government size? We investigate by the non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) the so-called `Armey curve' which claims an inverted U-shaped relationship between government size and economic performance. The DEA scores are linked to control variables as initial per capita income, openness, population density, urbanization, country size and family size. For 23 OECD-countries we estimate the country specific efficiency scores, which reveal the extent to which a country uses excess public resources to achieve the observed growth rate of GDP.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: ER
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven

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