Political Budget Cycle: Mexican Town Halls Case


  • Edgar Alfredo Nande Vazque Universidad de Colima
  • Juan Carlos Martínez University of Sonora. Emai: martinez@pitic.uson.mx




Elections, political budget cycle, public spending.


In the current economic context, one of the issues of concern is the growth of public spending of municipalities of Mexico and thus increasing public debt. This combines the traditional interest that literature has been devoted to the relationship between economics and politics from the perspective of Political Budget Cycle. The aim of this paper is to analyze the effect of elections in public expenditure management. To this end, a system based on the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM), which uses instrumental variables based on delays and differences of all variables in the model estimator was used. Our findings indicate that there is an expansion of total expenditure, spending on public works and infrastructure and current expenditure contracted work, indicating the preference of politicians for using investment spending to influence voter behavior. The work also notes that citizens value the policies of public expenditure management when making their voting decisions.

Author Biography

Juan Carlos Martínez, University of Sonora. Emai: martinez@pitic.uson.mx



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