Government Size and Growth: A Rejoinder

Reprint No. 2016:2

Author(s): Andreas Bergh and Magnus HenreksonYear: 2016 Title: Journal of Economic Surveys Volume (No.): 30 (2) Pages: 393–396
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In our 2011 survey of the literature in the Journal of Economic Surveys on the effect of government size on economic growth in wealthy countries we find a relatively consistent pattern: An increase in government size by 10 percentage points is associated with a 0.5–1 percentage point lower annual growth rate. This conclusion is questioned by Colombier. In this rejoinder we present a rebuttal of Colombier's argument based on a detailed scrutiny of his own statistical evidence and regression results. Furthermore, we note that several new papers that have appeared since our original paper was published give support to our main conclusion.

Bergh, Andreas and Magnus Henrekson (2016), "Government Size and Growth: A Rejoinder". Journal of Economic Surveys 30(2), 393–396.

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