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The way public expenditures are presented in the federal budget has become an important policy issue as recent budget submissions illustrate. However, all of the proposed alternatives focus on the federal sector, and none presents the national budget in the context of the national economy. This analysis offers new, alternative ways of viewing federal, state, and local government expenditures. In doing so, it focuses attention on the major categories of expenditures that will shape the agenda for policy into the next century and illustrates forms of presentation for public expenditures that would benefit citizens and government decisionmakers alike.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1


  • Chapter 2

    Trends in U.S. Public Expenditures: 1952-1993 — A Functional Perspective

  • Chapter 3

    Trends in U.S. Total Public Expenditures, 1952-1993, from the Perspectives of Jurisdiction, Economic Type, and Fund

  • Chapter 4


  • Appendix A

    Treatment and Reconstructions of Data from the National Income and Product Accounts

  • Appendix B

    The Expenditure Classifications Underlying This Report

  • Appendix C

    Source Code for Figures Derived from NIPA

  • References

This research in the public interest was supported by RAND, using discretionary funds made possible by the generosity of RAND's donors and the fees earned on client-funded research.

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