This paper analyses historical data since the mid-19th century to find support for Wagner’s Law in the Italian economy. Unlike previous studies, we accommodate possible nonlinear asymmetric effects of government spending and GDP towards their long-run equilibrium. The results reveal a threshold cointegrating relationship between the two variables with significantly different error correction adjustments in normal and extreme regimes. A long-run tendency for the public sector to grow relative to GDP from 1862 to 2009 is observed only when nonlinearities generated by temporary higher military spending during wars are take into account.

Testing threshold cointegration in Wagner’s Law: The role of military spending / Cavicchioli, Maddalena; Pistoresi, Barbara. - In: ECONOMIC MODELLING. - ISSN 1873-6122. - STAMPA. - 59:(2016), pp. 23-31. [10.1016/j.econmod.2016.06.011]

Testing threshold cointegration in Wagner’s Law: The role of military spending

CAVICCHIOLI, MADDALENA;PISTORESI, Barbara
2016

Abstract

This paper analyses historical data since the mid-19th century to find support for Wagner’s Law in the Italian economy. Unlike previous studies, we accommodate possible nonlinear asymmetric effects of government spending and GDP towards their long-run equilibrium. The results reveal a threshold cointegrating relationship between the two variables with significantly different error correction adjustments in normal and extreme regimes. A long-run tendency for the public sector to grow relative to GDP from 1862 to 2009 is observed only when nonlinearities generated by temporary higher military spending during wars are take into account.
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Testing threshold cointegration in Wagner’s Law: The role of military spending / Cavicchioli, Maddalena; Pistoresi, Barbara. - In: ECONOMIC MODELLING. - ISSN 1873-6122. - STAMPA. - 59:(2016), pp. 23-31. [10.1016/j.econmod.2016.06.011]
Cavicchioli, Maddalena; Pistoresi, Barbara
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