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Theory and econometric evidence explaining public expenditure: the case of Iran
Faculty of Commerce - Papers (Archive)
  • D. P. Doessel, University of Queensland
  • A. Valadkhani, University of Wollongong
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This article originally published as Doessel, D.P. and Valadkhani, A., Theory and Econometric Evidence Explaining Public Expenditure: The Case of Iran, The Middle East Business and Economic Review, 15(2), 2003, 14-25.
The purpose of this paper is to analyse government expenditure in Iran using annual time series data for the period 1963-2000. Various theories of the size of government are reviewed and a distinction is made between economic/structural determinants and institutional determinants. Categorising the theories of government expenditure in this way suggests the application of non-nested tests as a mechanism whereby the relative importance of the two broad theoretical categories can be determined. The empirical results, indicating "double rejection", reveal that neither the economic/structural determinants nor the institutional determinants alone are sufficient to explain government expenditure in Iran. A comprehensive, incorporating explanatory variables from both models provides a robust explanation of the data. This paper presents the first empirical estimates of the own-price elasticity of the demand, and income elasticity of the demand, for current government expenditures in Iran.
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D. P. Doessel and A. Valadkhani. "Theory and econometric evidence explaining public expenditure: the case of Iran" (2003)
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