Recipients of PSC Small Grant Awards

Local Government Spending, Employment, and Spillovers in Brazil

Benjamin Thompson

Ben Thompson

The effects of fiscal policy are of great interest to policy-makers around the world. However, the evidence on the effects of local spending on workers is scant, even in developed countries like the United States. My work focuses on local labor markets in the developing world, and in particular, Brazil. In a recent paper, my coauthors and I find that the effects of spending on the workforce change depending on the time period of analysis. My current research focuses on the “spillover” effects spending might have on neighboring regions, and I am currently using new data and models to obtain more precise estimates.

Funding Source: Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship

Funding Period: 01/19/2015 to 12/31/2015