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How and How Much? The Growth-Friendliness of Public Spending through the Lens

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  • Alessandra Cepparulo
  • Gilles Mourre

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The paper analyses the growth-friendliness of public spending in EU countries over the decade 2007-2016. It looks into the composition, performance and efficiency of public expenditure across countries and specific functions of government. This approach allows for some granularity in the analysis. Using a literature survey, semi-disaggregated composite indicators of performance and an efficiency frontier approach, the analysis provides a rich set of results on the quality of public spending, giving first indications on where room for improvements appears to be large. The overall results turn out fairly mixed, providing a nuanced picture of the growth-friendliness of public expenditure in the EU both in terms of level and change.

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  • Alessandra Cepparulo & Gilles Mourre, 2020. "How and How Much? The Growth-Friendliness of Public Spending through the Lens," European Economy - Discussion Papers 2015 - 132, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • 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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