||<p>In this paper, I explore the implications of a dictator's time horizon on the fiscal
balance of an authoritarian regime. A dictator with a longer time horizon will discount
the future less, thus is more responsible in spending. Since a dictator's time horizon
is not directly observable, I discuss the factors that would affect a dictator's time
horizon and their influence on the fiscal balance of an authoritarian regime. Testing
the results using OLS regressions, limited evidence is found to support my hypotheses.
Possible reasons for the inconclusive results are explored and further improvement
and future research possibilities are discussed.</p>