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Public Services Performance: An Extended Framework and Empirical Assessment across the Enlarged EU

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  • Gisela Di Meglio

    (Department of Quantitative Economics, Complutense University of Madrid, Campus de Somosaguas, 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain)

  • Metka Stare

    (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Centre for International Relations, Kardeljeva ploscad 5 (1000) Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • Andrés Maroto

    (Economic Analysis Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, C/Francisco Tomás y Valiente, 5 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain)

  • Luis Rubalcaba

    (Applied Economics Department, University of Alcalá, Plaza de la Victoria, 2 (28802) Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

Performance of the public sector is at the core of long-term wealth creation and welfare improvement. Yet, its measurement remains inadequate and flawed with data deficiency. In this paper we propose an extended framework for the assessment of public services performance that accounts for long-term impacts on welfare and empirically evaluate it across twenty-five European countries on the basis of a wide set of proxy indicators. We relate the performance scores to input costs indices and propose a coherent typology of countries that corresponds to the patterns of economic effectiveness of public services. The empirical analysis reveals that, because of differences in input costs across the enlarged EU, the economic effectiveness of public services varies to a much larger extent than the performance, with some relatively large-sized governments (Sweden, Denmark, Austria) being the most effective ones.

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  • Gisela Di Meglio & Metka Stare & Andrés Maroto & Luis Rubalcaba, 2015. "Public Services Performance: An Extended Framework and Empirical Assessment across the Enlarged EU," Environment and Planning C, , vol. 33(2), pages 321-341, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envirc:v:33:y:2015:i:2:p:321-341
    DOI: 10.1068/c12264r
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