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Introducing Expenditure Quality in Intergovernmental Transfers: A Triple-E Framework


  • Mala Lalvani
  • Brijesh Pazhayathodi
  • Kumudini Hajra


The present study has sought to introduce, conceptualise and operationalise a scheme for integrating the ‘quality’ dimension of public spending into the devolution scheme of intergovernmental transfers by the Finance Commission. The study illustrates a scheme of inter-se distribution from an incentive fund, which we would like to label as a “Quality Control Fund†(QCF). Portions of this fund could be kept aside to reward States for their performance on the three aspects of expenditure quality, viz., Expenditure Adequacy, Effectiveness and Efficiency. [DRG Study Series No. 30]

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  • Mala Lalvani & Brijesh Pazhayathodi & Kumudini Hajra, 2009. "Introducing Expenditure Quality in Intergovernmental Transfers: A Triple-E Framework," Working Papers id:2189, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2189
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    Expenditure; Fiscal Responsibility; fiscal; Merit Goods; finance; adequacy; effectiveness; quality; public spending;

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