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Government Expenditure (As % of GDP) in Pakistan

Source: World Bank, National Statistical Office, IMF estimates (Oct 2020)
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Government expenditure as a share of GDP reached 23.1 % in 2020 in Pakistan, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 5.22 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Pakistan reached an all time high of 23.1 % in 2020 and an all time low of 15.2 % in 2004. When compared to Pakistan's main peers, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Afghanistan amounted to 32.7 %, 36.3 % in China, 31.2 % in India and 18.9 % in Iran in 2020.

Pakistan has been ranked 135th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of government expenditure as a share of GDP, 4 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Government expenditure (or spending) includes all government consumption and investment but excludes transfer payments made by a state.

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