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Global public spending efficiency in Tuscan municipalities

D'Inverno, Giovanna, Laura Carosi and Letizia Ravagli

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2018, vol. 61, issue C, 102-113

Abstract: The paper presents a Data Envelopment Analysis aimed at studying the efficiency of Tuscan municipalities' public expenditure. Five strategic functions of Tuscan municipalities are first considered carrying out a non-aggregate analysis; then the overall expenditure composition of each municipality and the global spending efficiency are analysed by a proposed composite indicator. The main determinants affecting the municipalities' efficiency were further investigated. In particular, the obtained results may be consistently included in the long-standing debate on the municipal size, proving that the bigger the municipality, the greater its level of public expenditure efficiency.

Keywords: DEA; Efficiency; Local governments; Composite indicator; Tobit regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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