Understanding United States Government Growth: An Empirical Analysis of the Postwar Era

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LIST OF TABLES
2.1 Total Government Expenditures as a Percentage of Gross Domestic Product in Current-Dollar Terms for Selected Nations27
2.2 Total Government Expenditures as a Percentage of Gross Domestic Product in Real-Dollar Terms (1950 Prices) for Selected Nations29
3.1 Summary of the Formal Specifications of the Explanations of Government Growth63
4.1 Description of Indicators Used to Test the Models of Government Size Using Both Current-Dollar and Constant-Dollar Measures of Variables85
4.2 Estimates of Coefficients for Equations Specifying the Models of Government Size Using Current-Dollar Measures of Variables89
4.3 Estimates of Coefficients for Equations Specifying the Models of Government Size Using Constant-Dollar Measures of Variables91
4.4 Signs of Coefficient Estimates for Independent Variables in Equations Specifying the Models of Government Size: Hypothesized Signs According to Models, Signs Using Current-Dollar Measures of Variables, and Signs Using Constant-Dollar Measures of Variables93
5.1 Description of Indicators Used to Test the Models of Government Cost Growth111
5.2 Results for the Responsive and Excessive Government Models of Cost Growth112
5.3 Results for the Combined Model Assessing the Responsive and Excessive Interpretations of Cost Growth113
6.1 Description of Indicators Used to Test the Models of the Scope of Domestic Purchases149
6.2 Results for the Responsive Domestic Purchases Equations151

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Tables ix
  • List of Figures xi
  • Preface xiii
  • I GOVERNMENT GROWTH: MEASUREMENT, CONSEQUENCES AND CAUSES 1
  • I the Problem of Government Growth 3
  • 2: MEASURING THE SIZE AND GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT 15
  • II: GOVERNMENT GROWTH 37
  • 3: EXPLANATIONS OF GOVERNMENT GROWTH 39
  • 4: TESTING THE EXPLANATIONS 65
  • III A DISAGGREGATED ANALYSIS OF GOVERNMENT GRONWH 95
  • 5: GROWTH IN THE COST OF GOVERNMENT 97
  • 6: GROWTH IN THE SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT PURCHASES 114
  • 7: GROWTH IN THE SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT TRANSFERS 156
  • IV TOWARD A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT GROWTH 179
  • 8: GOVERNMENT GROWTH 181
  • Bibliography 191
  • Index 207
  • ABOUT THE AUTHORS 213
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