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The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between government spending and private consumption in the UK, for which there is scarce previous empirical evidence. We disaggregate public expenditure into three categories and search for the corresponding private consumption multipliers. Our analysis includes the estimation of a structural vector error correction model, using quarterly non-interpolated data for the period 1981:1 -2007:4. Initially, we estimate negative (and barelydoi:10.2139/ssrn.1717778 fatcat:p5obh6nawjh3pcn7mbi2ym2eca