For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1970 to 2018. The average value for the USA during that period was 15.66 percent with a minimum of 13.99 percent in 1998 and a maximum of 17.96 percent in 1970.
The latest value from 2018 is 14.11 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 159
countries is 16.41 percent.
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The government size of the USA and other countries is calculated as the total government spending as percent of GDP.
Definition: General government final consumption expenditure (formerly general government consumption) includes all government current expenditures for purchases of goods and services (including compensation of employees). It also includes most expenditures on national defense and security, but excludes government military expenditures that are part of government capital formation.