Effects of the global economic crisis and public spending on income distribution in Bosnia and Herzegovina

TRKIĆ-IZMIRLIJA, Naida and EFENDIĆ, Adnan (2013) Effects of the global economic crisis and public spending on income distribution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. International Conference on Economic and Social Studies, 10-11 May, 2013, Sarajevo, 1 (1). ISSN 978-9958-834-23-3

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This research focuses on the relationship between public spending and income distribution in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H). In our empirical strategy we rely on a unique survey data used to establish a proxy for inequality over the observed period 2000-2010. In addition, we investigate the consequences of contemporary global economic and financial crisis on income distribution. We find indications that the global economic crisis, with its B&H onset in 2009-2010, has increased income inequality in B&H. Our findings also imply that increased public spending and improvement in the quality of institutions in B&H were supportive in reducing income inequality over the observed period. After examining several institutional indicators, we identify a particular importance of political stability in B&H as a determinant of income distribution and inequality. Disaggregated analysis of public spending by functional and economic categories revealed that higher expenditures for social protection and capital spending are associated with lower income inequality. Contrary, higher expenditures for education are linked with higher income inequality. Keywords: Inequality, Income Distribution, Southeast Europe, Global Economic Crisis, Public Spending, Education Expenditures, Health Expenditures, Social Expenditures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Economics > Management Department
Depositing User: Users 173 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 08:50
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/1604

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