Public Sector Efficiency: Evidence for New EU Member States and Emerging Markets
Posted: 13 Jun 2010 Last revised: 12 Aug 2010
Date Written: July 1, 2010
In this paper we analyse public sector efficiency in the new member states of the EU compared to that in emerging markets. After a conceptual discussion of expenditure efficiency measurement, we compute efficiency scores and rankings by applying a range of measurement techniques. The study finds that expenditure efficiency across new EU member states is rather diverse especially as compared to the group of top performing emerging markets in Asia. Econometric analysis shows that higher income, civil service competence and education levels as well as the security of property rights seem to facilitate the prevention of inefficiencies in the public sector.
Keywords: government expenditure, efficiency, DEA, new EU member states, emerging markets
JEL Classification: C14, H40, H50
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