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Structural Reform And Efficiency In Public Administration: Measuring The "Productvity Gap"


  • Paolo Cosseddu

    (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti)

  • Maria Cozzolino


  • Ernesto Lorenzo Felli

    (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre)


This paper concerns the potential outcome of a structural reform of Public Administration aimed at increasing efficiency in human and technological resources use. We analyze the Italian case after the reform introduced in 2009 and provide a tentative estimate of the potential increase in labor productivity stemming from the adoption of a comprehensive performance management cycle (productivity related pay, etc.) together with a widespread use of ICT. To this aim we devised both a logical scheme and a measurement procedure. A case study provides the heuristic background of our model. Specifically, we provide some measures of the "productivity gap" which emerges in our case study. Our results show that the scope for efficiency gains may be quite wide.

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  • Paolo Cosseddu & Maria Cozzolino & Ernesto Lorenzo Felli, 2012. "Structural Reform And Efficiency In Public Administration: Measuring The "Productvity Gap"," Working Papers 0812, CREI Università degli Studi Roma Tre, revised 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:rcr:wpaper:08_12

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    1. Helen Simpson, 2009. "Productivity In Public Services," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(2), pages 250-276, April.
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    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth

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