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The Efficiency of Government Expenditure

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  • Keiko Honjo
  • Marijn Verhoeven
  • Sanjeev Gupta
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    This paper assesses the efficiency of government expenditure on education and health in 38 countries in Africa in 1984-95, both in relation to each other and compared with countries in Asia and the Western Hemisphere. The results show that, on average, countries in Africa are less efficient than countries in Asia and the Western Hemisphere; however, education and health spending in Africa became more efficient during that period. The assessment further suggests that improvements in educational attainment and health output in African countries require more than just higher budgetary allocations.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 97/153.

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    Length: 60
    Date of creation: 01 Nov 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:97/153

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    1. Jayasuriya, Ruwan & Wodon, Quentin, 2003. "Measuring and Explaining Country Efficiency in Improving Health and Education Indicators," MPRA Paper 11183, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Development Targets and Costs," MPRA Paper 12299, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Catherine A. Pattillo & Paul R. Masson, 2001. "Monetary Union in West Africa," IMF Working Papers 01/34, International Monetary Fund.
    4. Martinez-Vazquez, Jorge & McNab, Robert M., 2003. "Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(9), pages 1597-1616, September.
    5. Silvio Borner & Simeon Hofmänner, 2006. "Eine Untersuchung der Effizienz öffentlicher Leistungen der Schweizer Kantone und Gemeinden," Working papers, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel 2006/08, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
    6. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Metas y costos del desarrollo
      [Development Targets and Costs]
      ," MPRA Paper 10493, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Ruwan Jayasuriya & Quentin Wodon, 2007. "Efficiency in Improving Health and Education Outcomes: Provincial and State-Level Estimates for Argentina and Mexico," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 22(1), pages 57-97.
    8. Gupta, Sanjeev & Verhoeven, Marijn, 2001. "The efficiency of government expenditure: experiences from Africa," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(4), pages 433-467, May.
    9. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Cibles du développement et coûts
      [Development targets and costs]
      ," MPRA Paper 10494, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Задачи Развития И Затраты
      [Development targets and costs]
      ," MPRA Paper 10495, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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