Public Sector Efficiency: An International Comparison

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Antonio Afonso

University of Lisbon - ISEG (School of Economics and Management); UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics)

Ludger Schuknecht

European Central Bank (ECB)

Vito Tanzi

International Monetary Fund (IMF); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: July 2003

Abstract

We compute public sector performance (PSP) and efficiency (PSE) indicators, comprising a composite and seven sub-indicators, for 23 industrialised countries. The first four sub-indicators are "opportunity" indicators that take into account administrative, education and health outcomes and the quality of public infrastructure and that support the rule of law and a level playing-field in a market economy. Three other indicators reflect the standard "Musgravian" tasks for government: allocation, distribution, and stabilisation. The input and output efficiency of public sectors across countries is then measured via a non-parametric production frontier technique.

Keywords: Government expenditure, Efficiency, Free Disposable Hull, Production possibility frontier

JEL Classification: C14, H50

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Antonio and Schuknecht, Ludger and Tanzi, Vito, Public Sector Efficiency: An International Comparison (July 2003). ECB Working Paper Series No. 242. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=434002

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