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Public Expenditure in the Slovak Republic; Composition and Technical Efficiency


  • Francesco Grigoli


Good practice suggests that budget allocations should reflect spending priorities and that spending should provide cost-effective delivery of public goods and services. This paper analyzes the composition of public expenditure in the Slovak Republic. It also assesses the relative efficiency of spending in education and health. The Slovak Republic spends more on social benefits and less on wages compared to the EU and OECD average. While it manages to translate the low expenditures into outcomes in an efficient manner in the education sector, this is not true for health. Moreover, the recent increases in expenditure levels have not improved outcomes, suggesting that significant budgetary savings could be achieved through increases in efficiency.

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  • Francesco Grigoli, 2012. "Public Expenditure in the Slovak Republic; Composition and Technical Efficiency," IMF Working Papers 12/173, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/173

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    1. Ulrike Mandl & Adriaan Dierx & Fabienne Ilzkovitz, 2008. "The effectiveness and efficiency of public spending," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 301, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    1. International Monetary Fund, 2014. "Bulgaria; Selected Issues Paper," IMF Staff Country Reports 14/24, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Anton Sorin Gabriel, 2013. "Technical Efficiency in the Use of Health Care Resources: A Cross-Country Analysis," Scientific Annals of Economics and Business, De Gruyter Open, vol. 60(1), pages 1-12, July.
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    4. International Monetary Fund, 2015. "Republic of Poland; Staff Report for the 2015 Article IV Consultation," IMF Staff Country Reports 15/182, International Monetary Fund.
    5. repec:jle:journl:165 is not listed on IDEAS


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