Economic Determinants of Government Subsidies

The paper studies the economic determinants of government subsidies using panel data for 40 countries over 18 years (from 1975 to 1992) and finds that individual country-specific factors play a sizeable role in determining government subsidies. But it also suggests several characteristics-a small go...

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Main Author: Clements, Benedict J.
Other Authors: Rodríguez, Hugo, Schwartz, Gerd
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 1998, 1998
Series:IMF Working Papers; Working Paper
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The paper studies the economic determinants of government subsidies using panel data for 40 countries over 18 years (from 1975 to 1992) and finds that individual country-specific factors play a sizeable role in determining government subsidies. But it also suggests several characteristics-a small government, a small external current account deficit, and a productive structure geared more toward services and agriculture than manufacturing-may make it easier to keep subsidy expenditures down. The paper also suggests that globalization and the associated increase in openness are not impediments to reducing subsidies. In itself, an IMF-supported adjustment program is found not to be a significant determinant of government subsidy expenditures
Physical Description:32 p.
ISBN:9781451979664
1451979665