Does Demographic Structure Influence Public Spending in Nepal? An Analysis of Demography-Public Expenditure relationship for 2001-2015

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Does Demographic Structure Influence Public Spending in Nepal? An Analysis of Demography-Public Expenditure relationship for 2001-2015
Research Team: Trilochan Pokharel and Rajendra Adhikari

Relationship between demographic structure and public spending has many facets to explore. There could have been contending arguments to what extent demographic structures are influential to conscious decision on public spending. Demographic structure is theoretically considered as denominator of development. This argument calls for considering population characteristics in development planning and public spending. This obvious proposition of interrelationship between population and development is reflected in development planning where demographic characteristics provide evidence for making major policy decisions. This research taking panel data for 2001-2015 on demographic structure, from Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal and public spending, from Office of Comptroller General, for district level will  establish whether public spending in Nepal is a conscious decision based on demographic structure. The results will have instrumental evidence for understanding public spending pattern in Nepal and resurrect the discourse on demography and development.