Swiss Public expenditure, 1851 to 2007.

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Saurer, Romina
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The author discusses Wagner´s law of increasing government spending. The aim is to analyze the validity of Wagner´s Law using data series of the Swiss government expenditure and expenditure to GDP from the mid-19th Century to the present. First, the composition of the Switzerland’s state expenditures is presented. According to Wagner’s law, government spending increases not only absolutely but also relative in terms. Therefore, in a first step the development of the absolute government spending is shown in both nominal and real terms. After that, in order to identify the relative state expenditure structure, the public expenditure quota is analyzed. Topics Datatables in the search- and downloadsystem HISTAT (Topic: Public expenditure (Staatsausgaben)): A. Government spending in Switzerland (1851-2007) B. Public Expenditure quota in Switzerland (1851-1908) C. National Income of Switzerland (1910-2004)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1851 / 2009
Geographic Coverage
  • Switzerland (CH)
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Official data of Switzerland (Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland); Scientific publications of the Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland; Scientific literature.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 158
    Number of Variables: 83
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8403 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Saurer, R., 2009: Das Wagner’sche Gesetz der wachsenden Staatsausgaben: Geschichte und gegenwärtige Bedeutung. Bachelorarbeit, Major in Volkswirtschaftslehre. Univ. St. Gallen – Hochschule für Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialwissenschaften.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 85 | Registration Date: 2011-03-14