The perfect finance minister: Whom to appoint as finance minister to balance the budget?. Jochimsen, B. & Thomasius, S. European Journal of Political Economy.
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Abstract The role and influence of the finance minister within the cabinet are discussed with increasing prominence in the theoretical literature on the political economy of budget deficits. It is generally assumed that the spending ministers can enhance theirreputation purely with new or more extensive expenditure programs, whereas it is the sole interest of the finance minister to balance the budget. Using a dynamic panel model to study the development of public deficits, we test several personal characteristics of the finance ministers that could influence budgetary performance in the German states between 1960 and 2009. Her professional background, i.e., her field experience, seems to affect budget deficits but neither her individual preferences nor her education does. During times of fiscal stress, our results can guide prime ministers in the nomination of finance ministers in order to assure sound budgeting.
@article{jochimsen_perfect_????,
	title = {The perfect finance minister: {Whom} to appoint as finance minister to balance the budget?},
	issn = {0176-2680},
	shorttitle = {The perfect finance minister},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S017626801300092X},
	doi = {10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2013.11.002},
	abstract = {Abstract
The role and influence of the finance minister within the cabinet are discussed with increasing prominence in the theoretical literature on the political economy of budget deficits. It is generally assumed that the spending ministers can enhance theirreputation purely with new or more extensive expenditure programs, whereas it is the sole interest of the finance minister to balance the budget. Using a dynamic panel model to study the development of public deficits, we test several personal characteristics of the finance ministers that could influence budgetary performance in the German states between 1960 and 2009. Her professional background, i.e., her field experience, seems to affect budget deficits but neither her individual preferences nor her education does. During times of fiscal stress, our results can guide prime ministers in the nomination of finance ministers in order to assure sound budgeting.},
	urldate = {2013-11-18},
	journal = {European Journal of Political Economy},
	author = {Jochimsen, Beate and Thomasius, Sebastian},
	keywords = {finance minister, fiscal policy, Political economy, public deficit},
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