Current Issues in Economics and Finance
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Fiscal Policy in New York and New Jersey: 1977-97
July 2001 Volume 7, Number 7
JEL classification: H7, H81

Author: Andrew F. Haughwout

Between 1977 and 1997, real government spending in New York and New Jersey rose more than 40 percent, led by sharply higher outlays for public welfare and education. Increased tax revenues offset the spending hikes, allowing the states to run large cash surpluses in most years, but both states saw their long-term debt grow markedly. As a result, net financial wealth rose only marginally in New Jersey and declined slightly in New York over the twenty-year period.

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