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Benchmarking the Efficiency of Public Expenditure in the Russian Federation

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  • David Hauner

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This paper benchmarks the efficiency of public expenditure in the social sectors in the Russian Federation relative to other countries and among the country''s regions. It finds that there is substantial room for efficiency gains, particularly in health care and social protection, although less so in education. An econometric analysis of efficiency differences between the regions suggests that they are positively related to per capita income and the quality of governance and democratic control, while they are negatively related to the share of federal transfers in the respective region''s government revenue and the level of spending relative to gross regional product.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/246.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:07/246

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Keywords: Productivity; Governance; Fiscal analysis; expenditure; public spending; public expenditure; health expenditure; health care; government expenditure; public health; health spending; expenditure efficiency; expenditures; public health spending; infant mortality; private spending; expenditure responsibilities; health care financing; hospital beds; social expenditure; higher expenditure; total expenditure; public expenditure efficiency; health care system; economies of scale; capital spending; information system; income households; hospital capacity; financial incentives; insurance funds; medical insurance; administrative costs; budgetary authorities; public insurance; efficiency of government expenditure; primary care; expenditure paths; social expenditures; public expenditure per student; fiscal policy; expenditure categories; total expenditures;

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Cited by:
  1. Francesco Grigoli, 2012. "Public Expenditure in the Slovak Republic," IMF Working Papers 12/173, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Irina Sinitsina, 2011. "Public Expenditures on Education and Health in Russian Federation before and during the Global Crisis," CASE Network Reports 0103, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  3. Federico Revelli, 2010. "Spend more, get more? An inquiry into English local government performance," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 62(1), pages 185-207, January.
  4. Heyndrickx, Christophe & Alexeeva-Talebi, Victoria & Tourdyeva, Natalia, 2012. "To raise or not to raise? Impact assessment of Russia's incremental gas price reform," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 12-052, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  5. World Bank, 2011. "Russian federation : Social Expenditure and Fiscal Federalism in Russia," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2735, The World Bank.
  6. David Hauner, 2008. "Macroeconomic Effects of Pension Reform in Russia," IMF Working Papers 08/201, International Monetary Fund.

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