The Cost of Government and the Misuse of Public Assets
International Monetary Fund (IMF); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
IMF Working Paper No. 00/180
This paper deals with efficiency in the public sector. It argues that the habit of relating efficiency to public spending, as is generally done, may give wrong results when, as is often the case, public institutions use public assets (land, buildings, etc.) without imputing a cost for that use. The paper argues that, because of lack of incentives, governments are often wasteful in their use of publicly held assets. It recommends the creation of cadastres of publicly owned assets that could be used for several purposes including increasing public sector efficiency.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: public assets capital charges efficiency in government budget cadastres of public assets
JEL Classification: H5 H61 H82 H29
Date posted: February 3, 2006
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