Are the spending priorities of euro-area countries converging?

Government spending accounts for between 30 and 60% of GDP in the euro area. Do countries differ in their spending priorities? Has there been any convergence since the inception of the EU’s monetary union? This Policy Paper by Jörg Haas and Robin Huguenot-Noël analyses public spending trends in seven charts.

Robin Huguenot-Noël is Advisor on economic governance and public finance at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, he formally worked for the European Policy Centre.

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