Friday, October 15, 2010

Econbrowser: The "Ever-Expanding" Government Sector, Illustrated (Part II)

Econbrowser: The "Ever-Expanding" Government Sector, Illustrated (Part II):
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"Notice that government transfers as a share of GDP looks particularly high because of the collapse of GDP in the Great Recession which started in 2007Q4. Normalizing by potential GDP highlights the fact that, while the ratio is the highest over the last forty three years, it is only slightly higher than that recorded in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan administration.

Normalizing government consumption and investment illustrates that overall spending by the government in purchases of goods and services is not particularly high. Even dividing by nominal GDP indicates that we are only (almost) back to the levels of 1990. Normalizing by potential GDP indicates that we are still only back to the levels of the early 1990's (this spending includes defense)."


http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2010/10/the_everexpandi_1.html
con·cept: Econbrowser: The "Ever-Expanding" Government Sector, Illustrated (Part II)