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Social Spending for Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and Central Asia

Christoph Duenwald, Anastasia Guscina, Moataz El-Said, Koshy Mathai, Kerstin Gerling, Franto Ricka, Sébastien Walker, Tetyana Sydorenko, Rayah Al-Farah, Nghia-Piotr Le, Hatim Bukhari, Cesar Serra, Mohammed Zaher, Atif Chaudry and Fozan Fareed

No 2020/012, IMF Departmental Papers / Policy Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper examines the role of social spending in improving socioeconomic outcomes in the Middle East and Central Asia. In particular, it addresses the following questions: (1) how large is social spending across the region? (2) how do countries in the region fare on socioeconomic outcomes? (3) how important is social spending as a determinant of these outcomes? and (4) how efficient is social spending in the region?

Keywords: Social spending; Social protection; Inclusive growth; DPPP; DP; IMF staff calculation; spend; purchasing power parity; spending efficiency; IMF emergency financing operation; health care spending adequacy; care spending; public health care spending; wasteful spending; consumption expenditure; foreign-aid-funded spending; infant mortality; Health care spending; Education spending; Middle East and Central Asia; Global (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 109
Date: 2020-09-29
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