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Fiscal Decentralization and Public Sector Efficiency: Evidence from OECD Countries

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  • Antonis Adam
  • Manthos D. Delis
  • Pantelis Kammas

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This paper attempts to identify the effect of fiscal decentralization on public sector efficiency (PSE). We employ data envelopment analysis on a panel of 21 OECD countries over the period 1970-2000 to construct two alternative PSE indicators that reflect the governmental goals of economic performance and stability. In turn, using a novel technique that merges the methodologies of Simar and Wilson (2007) and Khan and Lewbel (2007), we regress the PSE scores obtained on an extensive set of alternative fiscal decentralization measures. Backed by strong empirical results, obtained from a number of different specifications, we contend that PSE is increasing with fiscal decentralization.

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  • Antonis Adam & Manthos D. Delis & Pantelis Kammas, 2008. "Fiscal Decentralization and Public Sector Efficiency: Evidence from OECD Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 2364, CESifo Group Munich.
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    public sector efficiency; fiscal decentralization; semi-parametric models;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General

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