Jari Eloranta presents at the WIDER Seminar Series

WIDER Seminar Series

Jari Eloranta on Beyond guns and butter: Finnish Central Government spending patterns in the 20th Century

Jari Eloranta will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 8 June 2022.

Beyond guns and butter: Finnish Central Government spending patterns in the 20th Century


This paper explains the long-run demand for central government spending in Finland by analyzing quantitative and qualitative changes in the spending behavior, examining possible links between variables in a VAR-framework, and performing multivariate analysis of the demand factors. The results was shoved that a explained by a lack of military versus social spending tradeoff effect. Even though certain other variables were found to be relevant in explaining this demand, this lack of a tradeoff increased the Finnish spending levels substantially during the twentieth centurt welfare state expansion.

About the Speaker

Jari Eloranta is a professor of economic history at the University of Helsinki. He has a dissertation in economic history from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, on "The Demand for External Security by Domestic Choices: Military Spending as an Impure Public Good among Eleven European States, 1920-1938."

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