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The productivity of the public sector: A Classical view

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  • Marcella Corsi

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  • Carlo D'Ippoliti

    () (Sapienza University of Rome)

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We define public administrations (PAs) as productive units, and analyze the recent trends in PAs' productivity applying Sylos Labini's productivity function model. At the microeconomic level, we propose a model of government action for the production of public goods. At the macroeconomic level, we underline the relevance of distinguishing the public and the private sectors in growth accounting exercises, and show that both sectors can fruitfully contribute to economic growth. A preliminary application of the model to the estimation of the impact of e-Government processes highlights a significant relationship between e-Government and PAs' productivity growth in a number of OECD countries.

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  • Marcella Corsi & Carlo D'Ippoliti, 2013. "The productivity of the public sector: A Classical view," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 66(267), pages 403-434.
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    1. Carlo D'Ippoliti, 2013. "Introduzione: L'Unione Europea e' "mammona" (Introduction: A Pansy European Union)," Moneta e Credito, Economia civile, vol. 66(264), pages 377-395.
    2. Alessandro Roncaglia, 2013. "Introduction," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 66(267), pages 369-370.

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    Keywords

    productivity growth; public sector; e-Government;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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