The Growth and Pattern of Public Expenditure in Brazil, 1920â€“1969
AbstractThe paper seeks to explain the secular growth and time pattern of public expenditure in a developing country. Data are organized in aggregate, functional, and economic groupings and tested against several leading hypotheses on public expenditure behavior. Although the hypotheses tested are of some use in explaining the Brazilian case in general terms, their specific reasoning is not always applicable. We argue that these hypotheses are not readily transferable to the experience of a developing country without some important modifications.