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The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Public Expenditures on Education and Health in the Economies of the Former Soviet Union

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  • Alexander Chubrik
  • Roman Mogilevsky
  • Irina Sinitsina
  • Marek Dabrowski

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This paper provides an overview of public expenditures on education and healthcare in Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and some other countries of the former Soviet Union before and during the global financial crisis. Before the crisis, the governments of these countries were substantially increasing spending on education and health. The crisis adversely affected the FSU countries and worsened their fiscal situation. The analysis indicates that during the crisis, despite the fiscal constraints, public education and health expenditures have mostly been maintained or increased in almost all of these countries. However, the crisis situation was not taken as an opportunity to address these countries’ key education and healthcare problems related to demographic changes, insufficient per capita expenditure levels, the low efficiency of public spending and the insufficient quality of services. These issues form an ambitious reform agenda for these countries in the medium- and long-term.

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Paper provided by CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research in its series CASE Network Reports with number 0100.

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Length: 91 Pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:sec:cnrepo:0100

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Keywords: Fiscal policy; Former Soviet Union; Education financing; Health financing; Global economic crisis;

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  1. Roman Mogilevsky, 2011. "Public Expenditures on Education and Health in the Kyrgyz Republic before and during the Global Crisis," CASE Network Reports, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research 0097, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
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  1. Jaromir Cekota & Claudia Trentini, 2012. "Demographic pressures and the sustainability of social security in Emerging Europe and Central Asia," ECE Discussion Papers Series, UNECE 2012_2, UNECE.
  2. Alexander Chubrik & Alaksei Kazlou, 2013. "Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries. Country report: Belarus," CASE Network Studies and Analyses, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research 0462, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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