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Public sector efficiency: an international comparison

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  • Afonso, António
  • Schuknecht, Ludger
  • Tanzi, Vito

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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. JEL Classification: C14, H50

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

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