Government Spending on Health Care and Education in Croatia: Efficiency and Reform Options

36 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2008

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Etibar Jafarov

International Monetary Fund - European Department

Victoria Gunnarsson

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

This paper assesses the relative efficiency of government spending on health care and education in Croatia by using the so-called Data Envelopment Analysis. The analysis finds evidence of significant inefficiencies in Croatia's spending on health care and education, related to inadequate cost recovery, weaknesses in the financing mechanisms and institutional arrangements, weak competition in the provision of these services, and weaknesses in targeting public subsidies on health care and education. These inefficiencies suggest that government spending on health and education could be reduced without undue sacrifices in the quality of these services. The paper identifies ways to do that.

Keywords: Working Paper, Croatia, Government expenditures, Health care, Education

Suggested Citation

Jafarov, Etibar and Gunnarsson, Victoria, Government Spending on Health Care and Education in Croatia: Efficiency and Reform Options (May 2008). IMF Working Paper No. 08/136, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154295

Etibar Jafarov (Contact Author)

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Victoria Gunnarsson

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department ( email )

700 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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