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Options for Budget Consolidation on the Expenditure Side

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  • Hans Pitlik

    (WIFO)

  • Kristina Budimir

    (WIFO)

  • Norbert Gruber
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    Numerous studies show that reducing public expenditure is of particular importance to increase the likelihood that a budget consolidation will succeed. In international comparisons the high share of government spending in Austria, relative to its expenditure actually on productive issues, would suggest that there is enormous potential to consolidate on the expenditure side. A closer analysis of the appropriateness and efficiency of expenditure in Austria revealed that above all in the areas of public administration, subsidies and capital transfers, health care and the pensions system there is room for both savings and efficiency gains. Although the consolidation options effective in the short term might have a volume of between € 1.9 and € 2.9 billion p.a., the long-term efficiency gains could be up to €10.7 billion a year, with the proviso that far reaching institutional reforms are undertaken.

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    Article provided by WIFO in its journal Quarterly.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (July)
    Pages: 211-230

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    Handle: RePEc:wfo:wquart:y:2010:i:2:p:211-230

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    Keywords: budget consolidation; administration reform; expenditure reduction; savings potential;

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    1. Ward Romp & Jakob de Haan, 2007. "Public Capital and Economic Growth: A Critical Survey," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(s1), pages 6-52, 04.
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    3. Angelika Pasterniak & Hans Pitlik, 2009. "Potential for Savings and Efficiency Enhancement in Public Administration. Results of an International Benchmarking Analysis," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, WIFO, vol. 14(1), pages 23-40, March.
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