Title: Sizing the government
Authors: De Witte, Kristof ×
Moesen, Willem #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Series Title: Public Choice vol:145 issue:1 pages:39-55
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.
ISSN: 0048-5829
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
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