Lies, Damn Lies, and Conventional Measures of the Growth of Government
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of The Independent Review


Conventional measures of the size and growth of government often understate what they purport to measure. As government spending grows, government spending relative to gross domestic product tends to decelerate because government spending enters into both the ratio’s numerator and its denominator; and government employment relative to total employment suffers similar and additional flaws.

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