The objective this study was analyse the influence of public spending on economic growth and development in the municipalities of Santa Catarina. The sample of the 291 municipalities between 2013 and 2016 and was analyzed using multivariate panel models. The results show that only total current expenditure (negatively) related to the change in gross domestic product. The Índice Firjan de Desenvolvimento Municipal (IFDM) is negatively related to education expenditure and total current expenditure. In addition, IFDM positively related to spending on urbanism and housing, as well as on the number of inhabitants.
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