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Revisiting the Government Spending and Growth analysis in Ghana: A disaggregated Analysis

Adu, Frank and Ackah, Ishmael (2015): Revisiting the Government Spending and Growth analysis in Ghana: A disaggregated Analysis.

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Abstract

Government’s desire to raise economic growth in Ghana has led to a sharp rise in government spending in Ghana without any significant impact on economic growth. This study set out to investigate the relationship between economic growth and government spending at the disaggregated level with the ARDL model with annual data spanning from 1970 to 2010 to advice policy makers on the dynamics of growth. The study found out that, in both the long run and short run, government capital expenditure has a significant negative impact on economic growth but recurrent expenditure has a positive effect on economic growth in both the long run and the short run though it was not significant in the short run. The study therefore advocates for fiscal discipline and efficiency in the disbursement of capital expenditure to trigger positive benefits in the future

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