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Options for Budget Consolidation on the Expenditure Side

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  • Hans Pitlik

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  • Kristina Budimir

    (WIFO)

  • Norbert Gruber

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Numerous studies show that reducing public expenditure is of particular importance to increase the likelihood that a budget consolidation will succeed. In international comparisons the high share of government spending in Austria, relative to its expenditure actually on productive issues, would suggest that there is enormous potential to consolidate on the expenditure side. A closer analysis of the appropriateness and efficiency of expenditure in Austria revealed that above all in the areas of public administration, subsidies and capital transfers, health care and the pensions system there is room for both savings and efficiency gains. Although the consolidation options effective in the short term might have a volume of between € 1.9 and € 2.9 billion p.a., the long-term efficiency gains could be up to €10.7 billion a year, with the proviso that far reaching institutional reforms are undertaken.

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  • Hans Pitlik & Kristina Budimir & Norbert Gruber, 2010. "Options for Budget Consolidation on the Expenditure Side," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 15(2), pages 211-230, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wquart:y:2010:i:2:p:211-230
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    1. Karin Fischer & Rauf Gönenç & Robert W. R. Price, 2011. "Austria: Public Sector Inefficiencies Have Become Less Affordable," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 897, OECD Publishing.

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