OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Volume 2015 Issue 1

The dynamics of social expenditures over the cycle: A comparison across OECD countries

DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eco_studies-2015-5jrs63lpkmxr

This paper studies the cyclical behaviour of public social spending in 20 OECD countries observed over the period between 1982 and 2011. In view of the recent discussion on cutting the budget deficit, the paper pays particular attention to whether social spending is pro-cyclical or ...



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