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Is Public Sector Performance just a matter of money? The case of the Spanish regional governments


  • Raúl García-Gómez

    () (Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI), Universidad Complutense de Madrid.)

  • Jorge Onrubia

    () (Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (UCM), FEDEA and GEN.)

  • A. Jesús Sánchez-Fuentes

    () (Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (UCM) and GEN.)


Efficient use of public resources is clearly a relevant issue to be studied from several points of view. Among others, it accounts for a significant share of the total economy activity and it deals with non market oriented activities. In Spain, the regional level is particularly relevant due to the progressive decentralization during the 200s of key public policies constituting the welfare state (as education, health, etc.). Consequently,it increased notably their financing needs but affecting asymmetrically because of the important differences in their fiscal capacity. Moreover, they mostly share (15 of 17) a common financing system in which an efficient use of resources is assumed but not evaluated. Our results show that normally a few of the regions tend to be the top performers, but there no regions performing poorly in every aspect. It is also worth noting that no dramatic changes can be seen in terms both of expenditure and performance during the recent Great Recession.

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  • Raúl García-Gómez & Jorge Onrubia & A. Jesús Sánchez-Fuentes, 2019. "Is Public Sector Performance just a matter of money? The case of the Spanish regional governments," Working Papers del Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales 1901, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucm:wpaper:1901

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    Public sector efficiency; Public sector performance; Fiscal decentralisation; Spanish Autonomous Communities.;

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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General

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