Administrative overspending in Indonesian districts: The role of local politics
AbstractWe analyze the determinants of the excessive administrative spending of local governments in Indonesia. In an unbalanced panel data set of 399 districts for 2001‐2009, we show that the proliferation of districts has not led to increased administrative spending; instead a lack of political accountability is responsible for this excess. The degree of political competition influences the level of administrative spending significantly; newly introduced direct elections of district heads, however, did not curtail the waste.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 24.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
Date of revision: Jul 2013
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administrative expenditures; decentralization; direct elections; Indonesia;
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- Sjahrir, Bambang Suharnoko & Kis-Katos, Krisztina & Schulze, Günther G., 2014. "Administrative Overspending in Indonesian Districts: The Role of Local Politics," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 166-183.
- D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
- H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories
- H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
- R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies
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- Kis-Katos, Krisztina & Sjahrir, Bambang Suharnoko, 2014.
"The Impact of Fiscal and Political Decentralization on Local Public Investments in Indonesia,"
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7884, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Krisztina Kis-Katos & Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir, 2014. "The impact of fiscal and political decentralization on local public investments in Indonesia," Discussion Paper Series 25, Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg, revised Jan 2014.
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