2010 10 wiiw bo wp 087
Inequality, Growth and Public Spending in Central, East and Southeast Europe (PDF)
The article analyses the joint determinants of inequality and growth with a special emphasis on public spending structures in transition. The mutual benefit of low real interest rates, to both equity and economic development is a major result of this paper. In terms of public spending items we find a positive correlation with equity and a negative with growth as several of the government expenditure items seem to act counter-cyclically. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the European integration process allowed most of the transition economies to aim for the best of both worlds: equity and economic development.
Keywords: Inequality, Government Expenditures, Economic Growth, Transition
JEL-Classification: D63, H5, O4, P2