Big, not better? Evidence from 20 countries that slim government works better

This paper reviews the performance of 20 countries. Ten are labelled as having “slimmer governments” which have government revenue and expenditure below 40% of GDP. Their records are compared with ten higher-taxed, “bigger government” economies. All the countries covered are classified as industrialised or advanced economies by the OECD and IMF, or are members of the EU.

Keith Marsden - Tuesday, 1st April, 2008