Spending Preferences of Public Sector Officials. Survey Evidence from the Finnish Central Government
We examine the determinants that shape the spending preferences of public sector employees on several budgetary appropriations. Following Niskanen?s (1971, 1975, 1994) budget maximising theory, we test whether these employees prefer larger budgetary appropriations rather than less. We measure their preferences to increase their own bureau?s appropriations and compare those against their preferences for other bureaux?s appropriations. The empirical evidence is gathered via a mail survey targeting high level officials from different Ministries in Finland. The analysis of the responses suggests that Niskanen?s theory is supported, in part.
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