An analysis of the growth of the public sector in Ireland, 1953-77
Item Type:Journal article
Citation:O'Hagan, John W. 'An analysis of the growth of the public sector in Ireland, 1953-77'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXIV, Part II, 1979/1980, pp69-98
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The purpose of this paper is to conduct an inquiry into the growth of public sector share (i.e. public sector expenditure expressed as a percentage of GNP) in Ireland for the period 1953-77. This is done under a number of headings. First, the trends in the share of overall public sector expenditure and public sector expenditure by economic and functional category are examined in detail. Second, the trends in revenue are outlined and discussed. Third, the hypothesis that trends in "real" public sector share may have differed markedly from those for nominal public sector share is examined. Finally, the hypothesis that changes in the "visibility" of the tax system, coupled with changes in decision-making procedures, were important determinants of public sector share is assessed. The paper, therefore, examines trends in expenditure and revenue in detail and assesses the validity of what are considered in the literature to be the main hypotheses relating to the growth of public sector share arising from both a "producer" and "financial perspective"
Description:Read before the Society, 6 March 1980
Author: O'Hagan, John W.
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Type of material:Journal article
Series/Report no:Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. XXIV, Part II, 1979/1980
Availability:Full text available
Keywords:Public sector share, Growth of public sector, Public expenditure, Government revenue trends